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British mum-of-three dies after being 'doused in flammable liquid' and set alight; She was visiting family in Barbados when shocking incident took place.

Byline: Brett Gibbons

The family of a British woman who was doused with a flammable liquid and set alight as she lay in bed in Barbados have said they are "shocked and devastated" by her death.

Natalie Crichlow, 44, was visiting family in the West Indies when she was attacked by an unknown intruder in a bedroom.

The mother-of-three, who had survived cancer twice and had two strokes in the past decade, was on a trip to help look after her disabled brother when she was attacked at his home on July 28, theBBC reports.

Ms Crichlow, of Colindale, north London, suffered 75 per cent burns to her body but died in hospital on August 6, the family say.

She had been alone and lying in bed at Bartlett's Tenantry, Sargeant's Village when the horrific incident took place at around 2pm,MirrorOnline reports.

Niece Ashley Best said: "The intruder broke in the house, then strangled her and then set her alight.

"I do not understand why it happened and we are all in a state of shock. She went into hospital and died of her injuries.

"For someone who had battled through so much to just be taken in this way and lose their life is just beyond understanding. It is all just a shame. She said she wanted to live life to the fullest because her life had nearly been taken from her."

No arrests have been made, a spokesman for the Royal Barbados Police Force told PA.

Luton-born Ms Crichlow's three children, aged 10, 20 and 26 years old, are "devastated" and want to get her back home to Britain for burial.

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Family friend Mitra Wikes remembered Ms Crichlow as "a true survivor and warrior who endured so much in life but always kept going and had a true passion for living life to the max no matter what she had gone through".

AGoFundMe campaignhas been set up to try to raise the money needed to bring her body back to Britain. It has so far raised [pounds sterling]9,950.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Our staff are supporting the family of a British woman following her death in Barbados, and are in contact with the Barbados police force."


Credit: (Image: GoFundMe)

The image from the GoFundMe page set up by Natalie Crichlow's family

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Publication:Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
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Date:Aug 15, 2019
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