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Home Office cancels deportation order against widow, 92

A frail 92-year-old woman threatened with being deported to South Africa, away from the daughter who cares for her, has been granted a stay of execution.

Myrtle Cothill, aged 92, was due to be deported on Tuesday Credit: ITV News

Widowed Myrtle Cothill - whose father fought for Britain in the First World War - suffers with heart problems, poor eyesight and cannot walk unaided. She arrived in Britain on a tourist visa in 2014 so she could be cared for by her daughter, but her application to stay was rejected by the Home Office.

Her daughter, Mary Wills, had appealed the decision but it was upheld by two tribunals and a plane seat was booked to take her back to South Africa for Tuesday.

However, following a medical assessment today and a 52,000-signature online petition, the Home Office cancelled its removal order.

The family told ITV News Meridian they were delighted, and were waiting to be told what the government planned to do next.



Finn burst boosts England in Durban

Steven Finn took three wickets to keep England on course for victory in the first Test, but Jonny Bairstow's missed stumping of AB De Villiers gave South Africa faint hope in Durban.

Finn, a late addition to the touring squad after a foot injury, took out Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla and Faf Du Plessis as the Proteas closed the fourth day on 136 for four, 280 short of an improbable winning mark.

They will have little serious interest in hunting down a record 416 but the presence of master batsman De Villiers at least gives them a chance of surviving three sessions for the draw.

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