A 12 year-old boy found lost and and abandoned at Heathrow Airport should be taken into care, a family court has ruled.
He was found wandering around the airport after arriving unaccompanied on a flight from Kabul. After being rescued by the authorities he told a translator his mother had bought him a plane ticket, believing he would have a better life in the UK.
The London Borough of Hillingdon applied for permission to make him a a looked after child and this was granted by Mrs Justice Theis. She explained that:
“There is some uncertainty as to precisely how he arrived at Heathrow Airport, and what methods of transport he had between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom. The whereabouts of his mother are unknown and it would be impossible to return [him] to her care in Afghanistan at this time.”
While social workers assumed responsibility for his welfare, his immigration status would be considered by the Home Office she added.
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