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Adjoa Anyimadu, Africa specialist research assistant at Chatham House has said that the ransom demands over British holidaymakers in Somalia have risen significantly over the years, as the temptation to earn money at any cost is 'very clear'.
British hostage Judith Tebbutt is expected to arrive home to the UK today after her release from Somali pirates yesterday.
Ian Stevenson, a friend of Judith Tebbutt's late husband David, speaks ahead of her expected arrival back in the UK.
Judith Tebbutt, who was kidnapped from a beach in Kenya in a raid which left her husband David dead, has been freed in Somalia.
Members of the gang which held Judith Tebbutt captive were arrested earlier this week, according to eyewitnesses. The men were briefly detained at an airfield in Adado, Somalia.
One eyewitness said they were attempting to collect the ransom for Mrs Tebbutt's release when they were arrested for being at the airfield without permission. The men were questioned for several hours before being freed.
See more of Stephen Douglas's interview with Judith Tebbutt's 90-year-old mother, Gladys Atkinson, on tonight's ITV News at 6:30.
The family of Judith Tebbutt is getting ready to welcome her home. Ann Milligan, the partner of Judith Tebbutt's brother told me they were able to keep in contact with her as Judith's captors allowed her to phone them.
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Judith Tebbutt is likely to be interviewed by Scotland Yard detectives when she returns to the UK
Judith Tebbutt is under British consular care in Nairobi after being released from more than six months in captivity with Somali pirates