Update: Portsmouth grandfather stuck in Dubai allowed to return to UK

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THE Portsmouth grandfather who has been stranded in Dubai is set to return to the UK tomorrow, The News can reveal.

Steve Grant, from Southsea, had been stuck in Dubai for nine weeks and was under house arrest awaiting the results of a police inquiry into alleged threats to kill.

Steve Grant has issued a video appeal to David Cameron

Steve Grant has issued a video appeal to David Cameron

But his brother John Grant told The News last night he has been given his passport back and was due to fly back today and return via London Heathrow Airport around 8pm tonight.

But Mr Grant’s mobile phone has been confiscated in Dubai and is required to go back should there be a trial.

He had been unable to leave the country since having his passport confiscated in mid-April as he sought to catch a connecting flight to Oman.

Meanwhile, Mr Grant issued a plea to the prime minister via a video message to get involved and help him return to the UK, highlighting that his financial situation is dire, and that day-by-day, nothing seems to happen.

‘I just don’t know what else to do now and which way to turn,’ Mr Grant says in the video. ‘I just don’t seem to be getting any help from any side.

‘Please David Cameron, I’m asking you personally to try and intervene to help get me out of this situation, and get back to the UK.’

Mr Grant was arrested en route to Oman in an effort to see his daughter Lacey Plato’s children Aishah, ten, and Faris, seven.

They were illegally taken from their Portsmouth home by their father Usama Al-Barwani. He is now in jail in the UK after defying a High Court order to return them.

Mr Grant denies allegations that he sent threatening phone messages to the children’s paternal grandfather, who lives in Dubai.

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