Rescued Libya worker tells of robbery at knifepoint

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Richard Weeks said there was nothing they could do to stop the looters

A contracts manager from the Vale of Glamorgan who has been rescued by a Royal Navy frigate from Libya has spoken of the moment he was robbed at knifepoint.

Richard Weeks, 64, from Sully, was aboard HMS Cumberland which has docked in Malta carrying about 68 British passengers.

He was working on a clean water project when the security situation worsened.

He called it a "terrifying situation".

The father-of-two said: "We were faced with looters rushing into the property where we were holed up, and there was nothing we could do.

"It had been getting more risky for the 10 days before and there was no prospect of it easing.

"They were armed with knives and knew they could take what they wanted, so it was better to let them get on with it.

"It was a very sad and terrifying situation."

Mr Weeks said he and his colleagues had to do the best they could to minimise the risk of being killed.

"We had to let them in, if we hadn't, they would have kicked the door down.

"It was a very stressful time and we didn't know how it was going to end."

Mr Weeks has lived between Cardiff and Benghazi for 20 years and said he would like to go back if peace is restored.

He said: "I feel very sad for the Libyan people, they are peaceful people and they want to resolve this.

"Once the country is back on an even keel and there's some law and order, I will certainly go back."

HMS Cumberland encountered heavy seas on the Mediterranean crossing which meant the arrival into Malta 's Grand Harbour was delayed for safety.

Mr Weeks added: "The Royal Navy has really impressed me during this journey. Space and resources were obviously limited but people were kind and considerate and we were kept warm and fed."

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