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Death row grandmother reaches appeal fund target

Lindsay Sandiford's letter Credit: Facebook

A grandmother from Redcar on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling has written a letter from her prison cell thanking her supporters for raising enough money to allow her a retrial.

In the letter Lindsay Sandiford said a recent visit by her family has helped her mood.

I have to tell you my spirits have recently been lifted by the visit of my sons and their partners and a very special little girl Ayla Iris my grand daughter. She has without exception melted the hearts of everyone here. I am so in love with her. It was truly very special. I want to thank everyone who helped facilitate my families trip to Bali. You know who you are and I mean it from the bottom of my heart."

Lindsay Sandiford in 2012 Credit: PA

The 59-year-old's lawyers had previously been told her name was on a list of ten drug traffickers scheduled to be shot on September 21.

She had now instructed her lawyers to appeal against her sentence.

I also wanted to let you know over $50K has been raised and this now enables me to start the appeal and my Indonesian legal team are now preparing instructions for the experts to prepare reports. I am informed the (appeal) will not be in the too distant future. Your prayers, messages and support and I thank you all very much.

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in Bali in January 2013 for drug trafficking.

She was arrested in May 2012 after police found cocaine worth an estimated £1.6 million in the lining of her suitcase when she arrived on the idyllic island.



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Salou, Spain Credit: ITV News

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It is understood that 48-year-old Carl Dunlop, who worked as a bus driver, got into difficulties in the sea at the resort of Salou, south of Barcelona.

Carl Dunlop Credit: Facebook

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