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Asylum family saved by Bishop’s appeal

Bishop pleaded for asylum seekers and took them out of the Immigration Removal Centre 07 November. A family have returned to Nottingham after being held at an immigration centre while their asylum case was reviewed.

Julian Singh, his wife Aima and their 11-year-old son Jonathan returned to the city last night after the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham appealed to the Home Secretary.

The Hyson Green-based family’s asylum case – which has been rejected – is still set be to reviewed.

But it means they no longer have to stay at the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedford.

The Rt Revd George Cassidy wrote to Jacqui Smith MP explaining the plight of the family.

They are a Christian family looking to escape blasphemy laws in Pakistan.

Mr Cassidy described their absence as "a loss" to people involved with their church in Nottingham.

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