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Former British Hostage sues Foreign Office

Mark Tozer, a former British Embassy worker, is suing the Foreign Office after making a complaint that the training he received made it more likely that he would be taken hostage by angry locals who stormed the Tehran Embassy in 2011. 

The 46 year old was said to have been mentally scarred, and was the victim of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as the direct result of an angry mob storming the Gulhak Embassy compound.

Following protocol Mr Tozer fled to the "security keep", a form of safe room, and locked himself inside. He subsequently surrendered himself and was briefly held hostage by a knife wielding group of Iranian students. 

After being released he commented, "If I had known there was a mob rampaging through the compound then I would have made a run for the nearest exit". The matter is being seen at Central London County Court where Mr Tozer is suing the Foreign Office for £64,000.

The FCO (Foreign And Commonwealth Office) deny liability and insists it took the relevant safety measures despite what has been described as extraordinary circumstances.

The hearing continues.

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