Family of hostage release statement

The family of a gas worker from Teesside who was taken hostage by terrorists in Algeria have spoken of their relief after the ordeal.

Darren Matthews, from Loftus, was released from the gas plant on Friday. His family have released the follow statement:

We have been extremely worried about Darren and we are pleased and relieved to learn that he is safe and well. We look forward to having him home soon.

We ask that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time.

– Family of Darren Matthews

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North East men freed in Algeria

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