If you or a loved one is on holiday in The Gambia, please be aware that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a warning against all but essential travel to the West African nation.

It is believed there are thousands of Britons in the country. Thomas Cook are currently working with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office to bring 1,000 people home.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released the following statement: “We advise against all but essential travel to The Gambia due to ongoing political uncertainty and potential military intervention.

If you’re currently in The Gambia you should leave by commercial means if you have no essential need to remain. Contact your airline or travel company for more information about departure options.”

The political unrest comes after the president, Yahya Jammeh, was defeated in an election by politician Adama Barrow on 1st December 2016.