Teen fights to stay in Donny

Shirley Telford, of Parkway North, is worried that her 17-year-old autistic nephew Lindsay may be sent back to Australia, after his Mum died, and his temporary citizen status has ran out.  Picture: Liz Mockler D9329LM
Shirley Telford, of Parkway North, is worried that her 17-year-old autistic nephew Lindsay may be sent back to Australia, after his Mum died, and his temporary citizen status has ran out. Picture: Liz Mockler D9329LM

A VULNERABLE teenager faces a fight to stay in the country after his mum died before she could arrange for his UK Visa to be made permanent.

Catherine Westacott’s dying wish was that 17-year-old Lindsay, who has autism, should live with her sister in Doncaster.

But Lindsay now faces being detained and deported after his distraught aunt, who has been caring for him, was told she would need to stump up £900 for his case to be reconsidered - money she simply can’t afford.

The 17-year-old Australian national does not have any other family willing to look him after Catherine, his grandmnother and legal guardian, died from cancer aged 55.

He had previously been allowed permanent residency in the UK, and his aunt, Catherine’s sister Shirley Telford, said it was his mother’s dying wish in her will for her to care for Lindsay.

Ms Telford gave up her job working in public protection at Doncaster Prison and sold her home to plough every penny she had into caring for her sister in her final months and Lindsay.