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Some passport interviews suspended amid backlog

Interviews for first-time applicants for passports have been suspended in London as staff struggle to deal with the 30,000 backlog of applications, the Home Office has said.

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'Passport delays' spark summer holiday concerns

Some British holidaymakers could have their summer holidays ruined due to lengthy delays caused by an application backlog at the passport office, the Sun (£) has reported.

Passport fraud staff have been diverted to help with the extra workload amid a struggle to issue travel documents before the summer holiday season, the Guardian said.

Some holidaymakers could face an anxious wait for their passports this summer. Credit: PA

The Passport Office's interim chief executive Paul Pugh denied there was a backlog, saying: "We have been experiencing exceptional early summer demand for passports. We have brought in extra staff to respond to the extra demand."

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