British Air Hostess, 23, Finally Released From Dubai Jail After Months Behind Bars

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Liverpool air hostess Derrin Crawford is believed to have been arrested on June 21 alongside a man she had only met for the first time that night after police allegedly found two cannabis joints at his apartment

The pair were on a first date, and both were arrested after police raided the home.

The 23-year-old, who works as cabin crew for Emirates, was told she would be released if she passed a drug tests.

But despite testing negative she was detained, sparking fears for her welfare behind bars during the coronavirus pandemic.

Derrin’s family have been growing increasingly concerned for her welfare in the Al-Barsha jail where they said she was living off bread, jam and water.

But now, according to MP Kim Johnson, Derrin has now been released from detention, reports the Liverpool Echo.

In an update on Sunday, August 23, the MP for Riverside said she had spoken to Derrin’s family following her release.

Ms Johnson said: “Delighted to hear from the family that Derrin Crawford has been released from Dubai detention.

“Thanks to all who supported Derrin. Looking forward to seeing her back in Liverpool.”

In a previous interview with the MailOnline, the 23-year-old’s sister Danielle, 28, said Derrin, who lost her mother aged 11, had moved to Dubai in September 2018 after securing a dream job with Emirates.

Danielle said: “She is innocent. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The police have been trying to interrogate her but she doesn’t even know this guy.

“When she was arrested the police took her phone. She managed to call me a few days later when she was being transferred to jail. At first I couldn’t understand what she was saying because she was just crying and crying. She didn’t eat or sleep for days.

“She doesn’t drink or smoke and has a good job with Emirates so it is a shame she has got caught up in all this. She’s only 23 and is just so scared.”

The Foreign Office told the Echo it was supporting Derrin and had been in touch with the Emirati authorities.

The creator of a petition set up for Derrin 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).

“[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.”

The Foreign Office was not immediately available to confirm the reports as Dubai services remain closed for the Islamic New Year holiday.

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