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Arrest over 'nurse in boot' case

Magdeline Makola
Magdeline Makola is a nurse at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

A man has been charged in connection with the abduction of a nurse who was missing for 11 days.

Magdeline Makola, 38, who works at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, was found in the boot of her car in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, on Boxing Day.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "A 35-year-old man had been arrested and charged in connection with the abduction of Magdeline Makola."

He is expected to appear from custody at Linlithgow Sheriff Court on Monday.

The South African-born nurse, who lives in Livingston, is recovering in Monklands Hospital in Airdrie.

We rejoice that she has been found and pray for her and her family
Pastor Jim McNaughton
She was found by police officers in the boot of her Vauxhall Astra, dehydrated and suffering from hypothermia.

Colleagues of the nurse, who works in heart medicine, first raised the alarm after she failed to turn up for work on 18 December, although she had not been seen since Monday 15 December.

On Sunday, prayers were said for Ms Makola at her local Baptist church in Livingston.

Pastor Jim McNaughton said: "We wish Magdeline a speedy recovery, mentally, physically and spiritually.

"We rejoice that she has been found and pray for her and her family."

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