Melvin Collins, 72, who spent decades in Britain, is living off handouts in Jamaica unable to go back to the UK after Gatwick took his crucial passport

Melvin Collins never expected to spend his retirement surviving on handouts. But after 52 years living and working in Britain, the 72-year-old finds himself reliant on goodwill and generosity to keep food on the table and a roof over his head.

In December, he says, he hit rock bottom. Christmas Day was spent alone in a two-room flat owned by his 92-year-old aunt, Lena, 7,400 miles from his daughter, son, brother, sister, nephews and nieces in Britain.

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