Friends fear Colchester man is missing after Paris attacks

Investigators and police work outside the Bataclan concert hall, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 in Paris. F

Investigators and police work outside the Bataclan concert hall, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 in Paris. French President Francois Hollande said more than 120 people died Friday night in shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France's national stadium and a hostage-taking slaughter inside a concert hall. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) - Credit: AP

A man from Colchester is reported to have been working in the Bataclan nightclub when it was attacked during last night’s Paris terror attacks.

Friends of Nick Alexander have posted messages on social media asking for information on his whereabouts.

Mr Alexander is thought to have been selling merchandise at the Eagles of Death Metal concert, where at least 80 people were killed by several gunmen.

His girlfriend, Polina Buckley said she had not heard from him since before the attacks.

She said: “I’m trying to find out if my boyfriend is alive. I haven’t heard from him since the attack.”

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Police stormed the venue where concert goers were being held hostage, but attackers wearing suicide belts blew themselves up. A witness said one of the gunmen shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “This is for Syria”.

Speaking from New York, Ms Buckley said Mr Alexander’s family in the UK had access to the emergency numbers set up after the attacks. She said she had received “no news yet” from the authorities about her boyfriend.

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In a Facebook post, Eagles of Death Metal said earlier: “We are still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew. Our thoughts are with all of the people involved in this tragic situation.” The band members have since been confirmed safe.

Several attacks took place in central Paris. There were further incidents near to the Stade de France.

British nationals are being advised by the Foreign Office to exercise caution in public places and follow the advice of the local authorities. It said members of the public who have been directly affected by the incidents in Paris, or who are concerned about family members and friends who may be directly affected, should call 020 7008 0000.

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