Girl arrested for stripping on Malaysian mountain and ‘causing earthquake’

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Eleanor Hawkins, former head-girl of Ockbrook School in Derbyshire, has been arrested in Malaysia for allegedly posing naked on top of a sacred mountain.

According to her Father, she is “scared” and “very upset”.

Timothy Hawkins said he had spoken to his daughter Eleanor, who is being held with four other Westerners while they are investigated for indecent behaviour.

A spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:

“A British national has been detained in Malaysia and we are providing consular assistance.”

They are believed to be part of a group of 10 people who stripped naked before taking photos at the peak of Mount Kinabalu on 30 May – an act which a senior minister in Malaysia has blamed for causing an earthquake that killed 18 climbers last week.

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Miss Hawkins, a 23-year-old Southampton University graduate from Derby, was detained on Tuesday at Tawau airport as she was flying from the island of Borneo to the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

“We spoke to her this morning. She’s okay, she’s very scared, she’s very upset,” Mr Hawkins said.

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