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Kidnap

British nationals kidnapped or taken hostage overseas
  • If a British national is taken hostage overseas, we will do everything we properly can to make sure he or she is released safely.

  • We will not pay ransoms.

  • A dedicated team in London will act as caseworkers for the family. Working with the police, who almost always appoint a Family Liaison Officer in cases of hostage-taking, this team will make sure that the family is kept informed of the situation.

  • As appropriate, we can also put the family in touch with other specialist agencies such as Kidnap Victim Support.

  • When a British hostage is released, we will meet him or her and find them accommodation locally. We will also arrange a medical check-up and travel to the UK, and help the person to make contact with his or her family.