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Reports confirmed Ian McChesney, 22, of Waterlooville, was one of four Europeans missing in Ethiopia, captured by Eritrean rebels.

A United Nations Association spokesman said: ‘We are pleased because it is the first news we have received for two months. As far as we know it is a fairly accurate report and confirms our earlier speculations.’

Mr McChesney was a UNA volunteer working on the eradication of an Ethiopian water-borne disease.