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Essex boy Callum Roberto-Sparkes denied British passport

3 June 2014 Last updated at 16:14 BST

A teenage boy, born in Essex at a time when a child's nationality was taken from the mother if she was not married, is being denied a British passport.

Callum Roberto-Sparkes, from Harwich, is a promising boxer and wants to travel abroad for his sport but cannot get a passport because his mother is Portuguese.

The Home Office said rules are soon to change but at present he would have to pay nearly £700 to become naturalised.

Gareth George reports.

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