A woman who has been married to a British man for 27 years has been deported to Singapore.
Irene Clennel was being held in a Scottish detention centre, but has now told the BBC she has been sent back to her country of origin without warning.
Mrs Clennel had been living near Durham with her husband before being detained, and has two British sons, as well as a granddaughter, in the UK.
Periods spent abroad caring for her parents are thought to have invalidated her residential status.
The Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases.
.......Mrs Clennell, who had been living in Chester-le-Street, was given indefinite leave to remain in the UK after her marriage.
I'm all for a strict immigration policy but on the surface this case seems to be a sledgehammer to crack a nut. However indefinite leave to remain means what it says and one has to wonder why she doesn't appear to have applied for British citizenship within those 27 years.
But it's said that rules are for the guidance of wise men and the obedience of fools. If this case is as reported perhaps they should have called in a wise man before interpreting the rules so strictly.