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Gay rugby player threatened with deportation

A gay rugby player threatened with deportation to Kenya, where he fears he will face persecution because of his sexuality, has been given a temporary reprieve.

Kenneth Macharia, a member of Bristol Bisons, a gay and inclusive rugby club, was being held at Colnbrook immigration centre near Heathrow airport.

More than 70,000 people have signed a petition calling for the deportation to be halted and for Macharia to be granted asylum.

The MP for Wells, James Heappey, confirmed that the removal notice for Macharia had been cancelled. He said: “There’s lots left to do, but he won’t be going anywhere for now.”


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