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Ex-regional journalist tells of ‘horrifying’ Barcelona attack aftermath

John CardwardineA former regional journalist has told of the “horrifying” aftermath of the Barcelona terror attack after being escorted to his hotel in the city by police.

John Carwardine, left, who used to work at the Torquay Herald Express, was on a train heading into Barcelona with his wife and son when the atrocity, which has claimed 13 lives, took place.

A van ploughed into crowds on the busy shopping street of Las Ramblas before coming to a halt around 200 yards from the hotel where John was staying.

John said that a police barrier had been erected at the end of the street where the hotel stands.

He told Devon Live last night: “We were given a police escort to the building on the understanding that we would not leave until instructed.

“The hotel lobby was filled with shocked looking members of the public who had run into the lobby for safety.

“The hotel is in lock down and we await further information from police and staff. There is a very sombre mood and people seem unsure what to do next.”

Police are still hunting the killer and have named 18-year-old Moussa Oubakir as the suspect.

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