Daugh­ter caught in Tu­nisian terror at­tack

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A FA­THER has spo­ken of his re­lief af­ter his daugh­ter sur­vived the ter­ror­ist at­tack in Tu­nisia.

Glenn Leath­ley, from Poyn­ton, re­ceived a call from his daugh­ter Olivia on Fri­day as she ran for her life when gun­men opened fire at her ho­tel in Tu­nisia killing at least 30 peo­ple.

Olivia, 24, spent nearly two hours bar­ri­caded in an of­fice with her boyfriend Mike Jones af­ter flee­ing the sound of ma­chine gun­fire out­side.

They were un­harmed and have both since re­turned home.

Mr Leath­ley, an ac­coun­tant, said the phone call from Olivia was a hor­ren­dous ex­pe­ri­ence.

He said: “She rang me in a panic, she was cry­ing say­ing there was gun­fire on the beach. Thank­fully she was at that point in her ho­tel room with her boyfriend Mike. I told her to find some­where safe and make sure the ho­tel staff are telling you what to do, and then she rang five min­utes later in a panic say­ing the gun­men have come into the lobby.

“There may have been one or two. She seemed to know they were there and started run­ning to find a safe place to hide. Then I lost con­tact with her.”

Mr Leath­ley, who lives with his wife Cathy, said he felt a mas­sive sense of re­lief when Olivia called back to say she was safe.

He said: “It has been a hor­ren­dous ex­pe­ri­ence but we are very grate­ful Olivia and Mike are back home.”

Olivia, a chef liv­ing in Manch­ester, de­scribed the at­tack.

She said: “We looked out from the bal­cony and we could see all these peo­ple scream­ing and run­ning away from the beach. Then we heard ma­chine gun­fire com­ing from just be­low the lobby. We lit­er­ally ran for our lives. I’ve never been so scared. I’d called my dad and I’m scream­ing down the phone to him say­ing ‘dad, I love you’.”

●● Olivia Leath­ley and her boyfriend Mike Jones wit­nessed the ter­ror­ist at­tack PIC by PA WIRE

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