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Devon man shot on Christmas Caribbean holiday

Chris Tester was shot in the head on Christmas Day Credit: Crowdfunder/Facebook

A Devon man is in hospital in Antigua after being shot in the head on Christmas Day. Chris Tester, from Torquay, was at his parents' restaurant on the Caribbean island when he was wounded in an attempted robbery.

The news emerged in a Facebook posting from ABS Television in Antigua. Now his family have started a crowdfunding appeal for £90,000 to bring him home. So far it's raised more than £28,000.

"37yrs-old Christopher Tester of the United Kingdom is currently at the Mount St. Johns Medical Center in critical condition, after receiving a gunshot wound to his head during an attempted robbery at Old Road.

"It is alleged that a man approximately 5ft 8 inches in height, slim built, wearing a black hoodie and mask, attempted to rob his family, when a struggle ensued. During the struggle he was shot in his head, and was transported by the EMS to the hospital.

"The incident occurred around 10:30 pm on Sunday. He arrived on the island on December 10th and was due to leave on 29th December. Investigations are currently ongoing into the matter."

– ABS Television Antigua's Facebook page

"Dear Friends Tony and Gill Tester from Boxer Shack were held up at gun point last night. During the attack, their son Chris was shot in the head and critically injured. He is now in Mount St. John Hospital in Antigua but they do not have the facilities or expertise he needs. We need to arrange immediate evacuation by air ambulance to the UK and need your help to fund this. Please, please give anything you can, any amount will help."

– Crowdfunder/Chris Tester Urgent Appeal