A family of British tourists allegedly facing deportation from New Zealand for their unruly behaviour have hit back at the claims and say they are ‘too scared to sleep at night’.
The tourists, believed to be from Liverpool, were accused of annoying flight passengers, littering a beach and trying to scam restaurants during their trip away.
But grandmother Barbara Doran insists the family have done nothing wrong and are being ‘tortured’ by the public.
‘I’m very, very frightened, honestly,’ Mrs Doran told Daily Mail Australia.
Members of the family, estimated to number between 12 and 15, arrived in the north of New Zealand a week ago to ‘see the Hobbits and mountains’.
But they were soon hit by a wave of allegations, one of which included putting ants into their meals so they wouldn’t have to pay at a restaurant.
Mrs Doran claimed she has ‘never in her life’ entered a restaurant without paying.
‘I’m a grandmother, I’ve got a lot of grandchildren,’ she said.
‘I’m not going to go and get food without paying for it. I’m not going to put myself that low.
‘If I haven’t got the money, I would not go in to that restaurant. I would not go into a shop if I hadn’t got the money to pay for something that I want.
‘I’ve never done it in England, I’m not going to come and do it here.’
Son Joe Doran has been dubbed ‘Honest John’ online after repeatedly giving his name to reporters as as ‘John Johnson’.
A neighbour, who knows the family, told MailOnline: ‘We are family and we stick together.
‘Everything that’s been said about them in New Zealand isn’t true. They are a good family.’
In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, Mr Doran insisted his family is respectable.
His grandfather was the ’10th richest man in England’, Mr Doran claimed.
In an interview with Newshub, he said: ‘No member of my family stole anything at any stage in New Zealand. We were not brought up that way.’