British consulate worker who was detained in China has been freed

A member of staff at the British Consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in China has been released.

Simon Cheng had been reported missing after he was stopped in China's border city of Shenzhen and failed to return to work on August 8.

Cheng was detained for 15 days for 'violating public security management regulations', police in Shenzhen's Luohu district said this morning on their Twitter-like Weibo account.

Police said Cheng was released as scheduled on Saturday and that his legal rights and interests had been observed.

They also said Cheng had confessed to the accusations against him.

Officials from the UK government said earlier this week they were "extremely concerned" for Mr Cheng's wellbeing.

In a social media post this morning, his family issued a brief statement confirming he was back home.

They said: "Simon has returned to Hong Kong; thank you everyone for your support!

"Simon and his family wish to have some time to rest and recover, and will not take any interview for the moment.

"We would ask media and friends to give them some time and space, and we will explain more later."

Mr Cheng told his girlfriend on August 8 that he had deleted messages on his phone before reaching the border from the mainland.


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