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Shopkeeper who has lived in the UK for 50 years told he has no right to be here

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A RETIRED shopkeeper who has lived in Britain for nearly 50 years has been told he has no right to be here.

Nelson Shardey, 74, has paid taxes for years, sat on a jury, and even earned a police bravery award for tackling a robber.

Nelson Shardey, outside his old shop, has lived in Britain for nearly 50 years, but has been told he has no right to be in the UK

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Nelson Shardey, outside his old shop, has lived in Britain for nearly 50 years, but has been told he has no right to be in the UKCredit: BBC

He arrived from Ghana in 1977 on a student visa but stayed following a coup there.

Nelson then started working in a series of jobs before running a newsagent’s in Wirral, Merseyside.

But after applying for a visa in 2019 to return to Ghana following the death of his mum, officials refused the dad of three indefinite leave to remain.

He was told to apply for a route to settlement, which can take ten years at a cost of around £7,000.

Mr Shardey, who is recovering from prostate cancer, said: “Telling me to go through that route is a punishment, and it’s not fair in any way.

“I don’t understand this fuss at all because I put my life, my whole self, into this country.”

He is challenging the decision in court.

A Home Office spokesman said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on active legal proceedings.”

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