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Hartest grandfather Ian Simpson wins custody of murdered son Michael's daughter Alice, but her brother Jack must stay in China

Ian Simpson with his grandchildren Jack and Alice (3484291)
Ian Simpson with his grandchildren Jack and Alice (3484291)

Hartest pensioner Ian Simpson has won custody of his six-year-old granddaughter, Alice, but his eight-year-old grandson, Jack, must stay in China.

Mr Simpson is the father of a retail executive who was murdered while living in Shanghai two years ago.

Last year, Mr Simpson flew to China to see his former daughter-in-law given life imprisonment for stabbing his son to death. She will serve at least 20 years in jail.

Mr Simpson and his wife Diana, together with his ex-wife Linda, have been locked in a legal battle to bring both grandchildren back to the UK to live in Hartest.

The children had been living with their maternal grandparents in Nanzhang since their father Michael, 34, was killed in March 2017.

As reported in the Mail on Sunday, Alice was flown to Britain at the weekend after Ian and Linda handed over £9,200 to the family of Wei Wei Fu.

Jack was left behind as his Chinese grandparents – prizing boys over girls – refused to give him up.

Mr Simpson, of Brockley Road, with the help of family and friends, raised thousands of pounds to cover legal fees, while Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt raised the issue during an official visit to Beijing in July.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We continue to support the British relatives of Michael Simpson at this difficult and trying time.”

Friends and villagers have raised nearly £7,000 to go towards legal fees.

Hartest neighbour Fergus Dyer-Smith, who manages the Just Giving, said: “For the last two years, Ian and his family have fought to see their orphaned grandchildren brought back to the UK.

“The last few days have seen them able to secure the return of Alice. Jack, however, remains in China, so the fight continues.

“Folk have been extra ordinarily generous in helping to support the family. This is a small, bittersweet victory for the family. They now need support more than ever.”

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jack-and-alice.


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