Billionaire who lost three children in Sri Lanka blasts takes out newspaper ad in Scotland

16 May 2019, 15:36 | Updated: 16 May 2019, 18:08

Britain's biggest private landowner has thanked the people of Scotland for their messages of support following the death of three of his children in the Sri Lanka terror attacks.

Two of Anders Holch Povlsen's daughters, Agnes, 12, and Alma, 15, and his five-year-old son Alfred, were among 253 people killed in a series of blasts targeting churches and hotels in the country on Easter Sunday.

He and his wife Anne said the messages they received had "fortified" them and "touched our hearts".

Their youngest daughter, 10-year-old Astrid, survived.

Mr Povlsen, who is Danish, has a stake in the internet fashion retailer ASOS and is the CEO of Bestseller, another clothing company.

He owns more than 220,000 acres of land in Scotland.

In full page adverts in The Scotsman and Press and Journal newspapers, he and his wife extend their "heartfelt gratitude for the condolences, sympathy and many warming thoughts we have received following the tragic loss of our three beloved children; Alfred, Agnes and Alma".

They add: "The Scottish Highlands has granted us abiding, special memories for our family. It is for this reason that the many words of comfort have fortified us and touched our hearts.

"Our thoughts and condolences go to the many other innocent families who also lost their loved ones in the tragedy in Sri Lanka."