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Tourist terror victims 'deserted'
Stephen Stables and Helyn Bennett
Stephen Stables was injured and Helyn Bennett died in the blast
The family of a County Durham woman killed in a Turkish bus bombing, have hit out at the government's refusal to pay compensation.

Helyn Bennett, from Spennymoor, was one of five people killed on a tourist bus in the resort of Kusadasi on 16 July.

Five members of the 21-year-old's family, including her fiance, Stephen Stables, were injured in the explosion.

They are angry the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority makes criminal injuries payments for UK attacks only.

Ms Bennett's family claims the British government has deserted them at a time when they are in need of financial help.

This isn't just about money - my daughter was murdered and our government should be supporting us through this
Sharon Holden

Ms Bennett's brother, Adam Megoran, 16, suffered burns after being blown through a window and Mr Stables was badly injured.

Her aunt Toni Punshon, 31, of Sherburn, Durham, suffered burns, along with her son, Sam, 14, and her partner, Michael Aspinall, who was also badly injured.

Ms Bennett's mother Sharon Holden said: "We have been told to sue the Turkish government. But where do you start?

"We should have the backing of our own government, but we been deserted. We need help with everyday living.

"Some MPs have tried to help us in writing to the Foreign Office and the Turkish consulate, but it just has not got us anywhere.

Compensation 'considered'

"This isn't just about money - my daughter was murdered and our government should be supporting us through this. But they are just not there at all for us.

A Home Office spokesman said: "The prime minister announced on 19 October that officials were considering the possibility of introducing a scheme for providing compensation for UK victims of terrorism wherever that may happen."

He said the government was also exploring scope for a charitable fund to provide some financial support for British people caught up in terrorism abroad.




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