16 Mar '11, 11am

British rescue team was forced to return home after the British embassy in Tokyo denied them the necessary paperwork

British rescue team was forced to return home after the British embassy in Tokyo denied them the necessary paperwork

British rescue workers set out to begin operations in Ofunato. A British rescue team said they had been forced to return home after the British embassy in Tokyo denied them the necessary paperwork. -- PHOTO: AFP LONDON - A BRITISH rescue team hoping to help with the disaster effort in Japan said on Wednesday they had been forced to return home after the British embassy in Tokyo denied them the necessary paperwork. Willie McMartin, of the Scotland-based charity the International Rescue Corps, told the BBC a team of 12 volunteers had been granted permission by the Japanese embassy in London to travel to the quake- and tsunami-hit region of the country. But when they arrived, the British embassy refused to give them the authorisation letter needed to obtain a permit to travel to the disaster area, he said. 'The UK embassy in Tokyo refused to issue that letter, in spite of hav...

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