British-born man who has lived in UK all his life ordered to leave country in Home Office blunder

The Home Office has apologised after a man who has lived in Britain all his life was told he must leave the country or face the possibility of jail.

Shane Ridge, 21, received a letter from the Home Office’s immigration and enforcement department telling him that he had “no lawful basis” to be in the UK according to their records.

Mr Ridge, said to be a joiner from Colne in Lancashire who described himself as “as British as they come”, was shocked and confused after receiving the letter.

The letter, which warns Mr Ridge he is at risk of losing his driving licence, advises him to “take steps to leave the UK immediately” or face possible prosecution, a fine of up to £5,000 and six months imprisonment.

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