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Missing malaria trial nurse found safe

A nurse who went missing after taking part in a medical trial for a treatment for malaria has turned up safe and well in the Netherlands, police said today.

Matthew Lloyd, from Southampton, Hampshire, was reported missing when he failed to attend an appointment in Oxford when he was due to receive drugs in connection with the trial.

Mr Lloyd, who police said could die if he did not receive urgent medication, is now being assessed in a Dutch hospital, according to Hampshire police.

A police spokeswoman said: "Hampshire Constabulary can confirm that missing Southampton nurse Matthew Lloyd has been found in the Netherlands after making contact with Dutch police yesterday evening (Monday, October 18).

"He has been admitted to hospital for a medical assessment and any relevant treatment he may require.

"We are currently awaiting updates from the Dutch medical profession and at this time we do not yet know whether he has contracted malaria."

Mr Lloyd, 35, who works at Southampton General Hospital, failed to attend treatment in Oxford to do with the trial.

He had phoned in ill to work in the days immediately prior to his appointment on October 7.

He was spotted on CCTV in Kings Cross, London, and police suspected he had travelled abroad after they discovered he had his passport and £900 in cash in his possession.