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Report urges guidelines to avoid kidnap abroad

BRITISH PEOPLE working abroad risk being kidnapped because the Government is failing to give them enough warning of the risks, according to a report published this week by the Foreign Policy Centre, an independent think tank.

The report comes a week after British civil engineer Tim Selby returned home after a month in the hands of kidnappers in Bangladesh.

It urges the Government to set up international health and safety guidelines which would define an employer's duty of care for UK employees operating overseas.

The report is the result of an 18 month study. It identifies a pressing need to manage kidnapping risks better through proper advice and tighter communications between government and business.

'There are a lot of responsible companies, but very little best practice advice available to them, ' explained the report's author Rachel Briggs.

The recommendations were welcomed by Babtie Group director Bob Duff who, in the light of Selby's kidnapping, will personally oversee an urgent review of Babtie's approach to managing the risks of working overseas.

Selby was abducted working for a Danish aid agency while on secondment from Babtie.

Duff feels strongly that there is a need for better links between the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and aid agencies.

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