Liverpool woman arrested in Dubai after date ‘found with drugs’

A Liverpool air hostess is being held in a Dubai prison after police raided her date's apartment, her family said.

Derrin Crawford had reportedly been out for dinner with a man and agreed to go back to his apartment when it was raided by officers.

The 23-year-old was said to have been arrested along with the man, after police found two cannabis joints.

Speaking to the MailOnline, her sister Danielle, 28, said how Derrin, who lost her mother aged 11, moved to Dubai in September 2018 after securing a dream job with Emirates.

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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.

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"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."

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Officers in Dubai reportedly agreed to Derrin go if she tested negative for drugs.

She is said to have passed the test on Thursday but is still being held.

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Danielle added: "I’m trying to get her a solicitor but I’m really concerned for her welfare."

A spokesman for the Foreign Office told the ECHO : "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."

A petition set up to secure Derrin's release has been signed by more than 1,400 people. You can view it here.