Judith Tebbutt Freed

A woman kidnapped from a remote beach resort in Kenya and held hostage in Somalia for more than six months is preparing to return home to Britain.

Judith Tebbutt, 56, from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, was freed on Wednesday and flown to Nairobi after her family paid pirates a ransom.

She was reunited with her son Oliver at the British High Commission there.

Mrs Tebbutt, whose husband David was shot dead during her abduction, said she was overwhelmed by “immense grief”.

It is unclear how much was paid as a ransom to her kidnappers, but the Times claims $1.3m (£800,000) was dropped from an aircraft.

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Story courtesy of the BBC.

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