This frail 92-year-old widow is facing deportation from Britain


A frail 92-year-old widow, who suffers from heart problems and is blind in one eye, is facing enforced removal from Britain to her native South Africa where she has no family, after her visa application was rejected by immigration authorities.

Myrtle Cothill's only daughter Mary Wills, 66, has been caring for her mother since February 2014 at her home in Poole, Dorset. She was brought to the UK on a six-month visa. But recent letters from Capita, a private outsourcing company hired by the Home Office to enforce immigration rulings, advised her to make immediate plans to leave the country.

Mrs Cothill told a newspaper that she was born under the British flag in 1924 and her father had fought for the empire in the First World War and her brother had in the Second.

A spokesman for the Home Office said her condition was "not deemed to be life-threatening" and "suitable medical treatment" was available in her country of origin.

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