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Saturday 7th December 2019

GBBO's John Whaite reveals sister has been found safe but very distressed

He revealed yesterday she had gone missing at Portuguese airport

Great British Bake Off star John Whaite has revealed his sister has been found alive in Portugal after he pleaded for information on social media.

He told Twitter on Tuesday afternoon: "I am delighted to say that Victoria has been found.

"She is alive, she is sober but she is very very distressed (it seems she was found JUST in time)."

"A stranger recognised her and took her into her house. Each and every one of you, who has tweeted, shared and commented, has saved a life today.

"And I cannot thank you enough – you are all angels.

"We are now going to focus on getting her home and back in good health in the privacy and protection of our family.

"My gratitude to each one of you is undying."

John, the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2012, put out a desperate plea to find his sister after she went missing at Faro airport in Portugal on Saturday.

The TV star said that his sister, Victoria Cunningham, didn't have her passport with her and claimed: "Portuguese police aren't interested in helping us search for her."

John explained that Victoria was supposed to board a flight on Saturday with her boyfriend but was turned away "due to breakdown and intoxication".

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He went on to explain that she suffers from "depression" and "PMDD" – premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

John previously opened up to Lorraine Kelly about his battle with depression (Credit: YouTube)

He added: "Boyfriend leaves her at Faro airport."

John said she was due to catch a new flight on Monday and was "left by police at check in" before she absconded without her passport and money.

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He said: "If you see her please tell her that her family just want her home safe and sound."

Explaining that he was at home in UK relaying the information, John added of his sister's mental state: "She is vulnerable and could pose a risk only to herself."

Revealing that his family were "worried sick", John said that Victoria "has a history of mental illness and suicide risk".

John won the third series of the hit BBC show when he was 23 and now works as a chef and TV presenter. He has also written a number of cookbooks.

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