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I was robbed but I'm okay, missing fan tells friends

By Staff Reporter

Published 15/06/2016

A Northern Ireland fan who went missing in France as he attended the Euro 2016 tournament has been found and is in contact with his friends.

Pals of Kane Leslie appealed on Twitter to anyone who had seen him in Nice to contact them. Mr Leslie had not been seen since setting off for a beach on Sunday afternoon.

He is understood to have missed the first Northern Ireland match of the tournament against Poland.

Among those who retweeted the appeal was Calum Best, son of football legend George Best, and radio DJ and soccer pundit Colin Murray.

On Tuesday afternoon, his friend Steve Hudson, who launched the appeal, gave an update to say that the missing man had been in contact.

Kane posted a message to his friends on Facebook from an internet cafe in Nice to say he was safe and well but had been robbed of his wallet and phone.

Steve told the Belfast Telegraph: "Apparently, he was set upon and had his wallet stolen and managed to make his way to an internet cafe in Nice and put a message out on Facebook to safe he was safe."

Kane will make his journey home today.

Steve added: "We are really happy, just delighted. I spoke to him earlier, he still a little bit shell-shocked."

Steve thanked all those who shared the appeal and said: "It's unbelievable and we are so grateful to everyone who shared it. People from all sorts of communities shared it - it wasn't just Northern Ireland fans."

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