Colin Armstrong, 78, the former UK honorary consul in Guayaquil, was reportedly kidnapped from his ranch in Los Ríos. He owns the Tupgill Park Estate in Coverham near Leyburn, Yorkshire Dales. Ecuadorian police are investigating the alleged criminal act, but have not revealed Mr Armstrong’s name. Local media reports that he and a Colombian woman, believed to be his partner, were taken. Mr Armstrong’s family estate, Tupgill Park Estate, confirmed the kidnapping and expressed their devastation. The Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office is in contact with Ecuadorian authorities and providing support to the family. Mr Armstrong runs an agricultural supplies company in Ecuador and is known for designing the pleasure ground Forbidden Corner at Tupgill Park Estate. He served as Honorary Consul to Guayaquil until 2016, a position that supports British interests and nationals in difficulty.
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