Couple sue after honeymoon ‘ruined’

HONEYMOON: Andrew and Laura Meldrum
HONEYMOON: Andrew and Laura Meldrum

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A HUSBAND and wife are suing a holiday firm after their honeymoon turned into a complete disaster.

Andrew Meldrum, 29 and wife Laura, 26, of Dampier Close in Rowner, Gosport, want compensation after Andrew fell ill with salmonella during their two-week holiday in Jamaica.

He had eaten a chicken burger from one of the restaurants at the all-inclusive Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort.

The pair had £4,500 to stay at the resort for two weeks just days after their wedding in Sutton Scotney.

They instructed lawyers Irwin Mitchell to pursue Thomas Cook after they say an initial complaint got nowhere.

Andrew said: ‘I was bed-bound for the best part of seven days.

‘It ruined the honeymoon.

‘We had five good days at the beginning and we managed to save three days at the end.

‘But the seven days in between were just completely ruined.’

Doctors carried out tests at the resort but the salmonella was only confirmed on their return.

Specialist travel lawyer Suki Chhokar from Irwin Mitchell represents the couple.

He said the firm has no further option but to issue court proceedings against tour operator Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.

‘This was meant to be a relaxing, luxurious honeymoon but instead Andrew was left severely ill and needed treatment by a doctor who visited him at the resort,’ he said.

‘The couple have been through more than enough and we are disappointed that the tour operator has not worked with us to resolve the matter quickly and fairly.

‘We hope that by issuing court proceedings this will swiftly conclude the couple’s legal battle for justice.’