Sierra Leone sprinter, Jimmy Thoronka, loses bid to stay in London

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One of Sierra Leone's best sprinters has lost his bid to stay in London. Jimmy Thoronka went missing after competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year when Ebola swept through his West African homeland.

The 21-year-old was found sleeping rough in London and was arrested in March by immigration officers for overstaying his visa.

He applied for leave to stay in the UK after being offered a sporting scholarship from a London university.

Despite widespread support, including a petition with more than 25,000 signatures, his appeal was rejected.

Thoronka was reportedly told told he cannot appeal against the decision unless he leaves the UK.

All applications for a visa or leave to remain are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules.

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Thoronka, whose entire family died in the Ebola outbreak, said he was devastated by the decision.

Speaking to the Guardian he said:

What is going to happen to me if I am forced to return to Sierra Leone?

Jimmy Thoronka