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British victim of Haiti earthquake disaster named

United Nations worker Frederick Wooldridge was last night confirmed as the first Briton to have died in the Haiti earthquake.

Mr Wooldridge's family paid tribute to him saying he “loved” his work with the UN where he was a senior political affairs and planning officer.

They said: “Frederick was a much-loved member of a close family. He leaves behind his wife, his parents, brother and sister, grandmother and extended family. He had many friends in the UN and beyond, particularly Geneva where he loved skiing and mountaineering.”

Mr Wooldridge (41), from Kent, studied at the London School of Oriental and African Studies before working for the UN in Geneva, Liberia and then moving to Haiti in 2007.

A Downing Street spokesman said the Prime Minister's thoughts were with Mr Wooldridge's family and friends.

There is still no news of another British UN worker missing in Haiti.

Relatives of Ann Barnes (59) said they fear the worst as she has been unaccounted for since the earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday.

Belfast Telegraph