A family has been awarded nearly £25,000 in compensation after their annual holiday was ruined by crippling stomach cramps which left them unable to leave their hotel for the entire duration of their stay.
North East newspaper The Chronicle reports that the Sheldons, who spent more than £2,000 on the two-week trip to Tunisia in 2011, picked up gastric bugs, leaving them so ill that wife Amanda still suffers the symptoms some three years on.
Husband Chris, of Ashington, Northumberland, decided to take the tour operator to court, claiming it was no coincidence that his entire family, which also included son Daniel, 26, had all fallen sick.
Mr Sheldon highlighted undercooked chicken alongside reheated and uncovered food as likely reasons which led to the family’s misfortune, resulting in Bradford-based Sunsave Travel handing over a five-figure settlement.
The tour operator initially denied any liability in respect of the family’s claims, but settled the case after hearing the evidence brought against them.
“We were appalled by the state of the restaurant when we arrived – it was disgusting,” claimed Chris, formerly a manager in the food and drink industry.
He pointed out that cats were seen roaming around the restaurant, adding that staff were even overhead saying they would not eat the food they were serving.
Mr Sheldon said he was pleased his family’s legal battle is now over, allowing them to move on from the ordeal.
“It’s not about the cash, I’m just pleased it has been recognised,” he explained.