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Family of Hull woman arrested in Egypt speak of 'devastation' at facing Christmas without her

Laura Plummer was arrested in Egypt in October Credit: Family

The family of a woman from Hull who is being held in an Egyptian prison have spoken of their 'devastation' at facing Christmas without her.

Laura Plummer, 33, could face the death penalty after being arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking in October. She was found to be carrying 290 tramadol and Naproxen tablets in her suitcase, which Laura says were for her partner’s back pain.

Laura's sister, Jayne Synclair, went out to Hurghada last week - but the pair were only allowed to spend two hours per day together.

"I personally dread seeing her because I don't want to see what she's going to look like. But I'm so looking forward to seeing her at the same time. We just miss her so much, we want her home so much. Any opportunity to go out we will."

– Jayne Synclair, Laura's sister

As the family make preparations for Christmas, Laura's absence is particularly hard.

"It's devastating. Everyone's in the Christmas spirit, we all love Christmas, we all want to be with our families. Inside we're dying because we haven't got Laura with us and we just want to be together. We want her to come home."

– Jayne Synclair, Laura's sister

Jayne says Laura has to sleep on the floor and is surrounded by people don't speak English.

"The sparkle has gone from her. Normally she's really bright and bubbly. She's just drained. She looks exhausted. She does nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just sits there and stares at four walls. That's all she does. She can't understand why she's still there."

– Jayne Synclair, Laura's sister

But jumpers and blankets from well-wishers, as well as cards and letter from as far away as the US and Australia, have given Laura a boost.

Nearly 60,000 people have signed a petition calling for Laura to be released, and the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been in personal contact with her family.

Laura is due to appear in court on Christmas Day, when her family hope she will be released.