Wife left stranded in China returns home

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A WOMAN who was left stranded in China after she forgot to take her British visa with her has returned home.

Grace Ashmore, 46, flew back to Heathrow Airport yesterday afternoon and was greeted by her relieved husband Paul.

As previously reported in The News, Grace, who is from China, travelled to the country on September 6 after her mum Mei Jia Cheng, 84, needed surgery on a stomach tumour.

When she tried to leave the country 12 days later Mrs Ashmore, who lives with her husband in St Chad’s Avenue, North End, Portsmouth, realised she had forgotten an old passport containing her UK permanent residence card at home.

Chinese immigration officials wouldn’t let her return until they had seen proof of her UK residency.

After Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt’s office put pressure on authorities, Mr Ashmore, 44, dropped off his wife’s British passport at Enterprise House, Southsea, before UK Border officials posted it to the British embassy in Shanghai.

The embassy then issued her with a temporary visa and allowed her to leave.

Mrs Ashmore is now applying for a British passport so she doesn’t have to have a visa card.

Mr Ashmore said: ‘I’m so glad she’s home.

‘I want to thank The News for its coverage and Penny Mordaunt’s office for working so hard in getting my wife back to this country.

‘It’s been an incredibly stressful time. But I’m a completely different man now. I’m very happy.’