Dubai move goes from ‘dream’ to ‘nightmare’ for air hostess

Dubai move goes from 'dream' to 'nightmare' for air hostess

Moving to Dubai was a ‘dream come true’ for a Liverpool air hostess, but friends now say she is living a ‘nightmare’.

Derrin Crawford, 23, was reportedly arrested on June 21 after going on her first date with a man.

The Emirates cabin crew worker agreed to go back to his apartment after the date, when officers were said to have launched a raid.

Police reportedly found two cannabis joints and arrested the pair.

According to her family, Derrin underwent two blood tests for drugs and officers said they would let her go if they came out as negative.

On July 2, her friends say Derrin’s results showed she had no drugs in her system, yet she is still being detained in al-Barsha prison.

23-year-old Derrin Crawford

Family and friends are now calling for her release, with a petition reaching nearly 4000 signatures.

The creator of the petition wrote: “Derrin has had a difficult life after losing her mum at age 11 and soon after her aunty who was her secondary caregiver.

“Moving to Dubai was a dream come true to her now it is a nightmare.

“This petition is to raise awareness and get to the attention of UK Government Officials in the Foreign Office; Dominic Raab (Foreign Secretary) and Simon McDonald (Head of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service).

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“[They] have the authority to further push/speak with Government Officials in Dubai to release her or at least return her to her family in the UK. She is young, innocent and living a nightmare.”

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “We are supporting a British woman who is currently detained in the UAE and will look to visit her when local lockdown restrictions are lifted.

“We are in contact with Emirati authorities and have provided details of local lawyers to her family.”

The petition set up to secure Derrin’s release has been signed by nearly 4000 people. You can view it here.

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