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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Kidnapped model 'needs time alone'

Chole Ayling was allegedly kidnapped in Milan
Chole Ayling was allegedly kidnapped in Milan

A British model who was allegedly kidnapped in Milan and detained for six days while her captor tried to auction her online is being debriefed by the UK Foreign Office and police, her agent has said.

Chloe Ayling (20) was attacked on July 11 by two men as she attended an arranged photo shoot.

She is believed to have been drugged and transported in a bag to Borgial, an isolated village near Turin, before being released on July 17, Italian police said.

Yesterday, her agent, Phil Green, of Supermodel Agency, said she is due to meet police and the Foreign Office for a debriefing following her ordeal.

"Chloe is unavailable for interview because she is partly doing the debriefing with the Foreign Office and the police, and then would like the rest of the day in privacy with her mum," said Mr Green.

"She hasn't been home 24 hours yet, she has been surrounded by press ever since she arrived and, after her ordeal, they maybe need to respect the fact she does need some time alone."

There was no sign of Ms Ayling at her terraced home in south London yesterday.

According to reports, she has said: "I've been through a terrifying experience. I feared for my life, second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour.

"I am incredibly grateful to the Italian and UK authorities for all they have done to secure my safe release."

Handcuffed

A Polish man, who lives in Britain, was arrested on July 18 on suspicion of kidnap and extortion, police said.

Officials have released a mugshot of the suspect, named as Lukasz Pawel Herba (30).

It is alleged the men tried to sell Ms Ayling online for more than $300,000 (€254,000) and demanded the model's agent pay to secure her safe release.

She was kept handcuffed to furniture but was freed after six days and taken to the British Consulate in Milan, despite the ransom not being paid, police said.

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