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Vance with a photo of himself as a child in 1975

Vance with a photo of himself as a child in 1975

KEVIN SCOTT / BELFAST TELEGRAPH

Vance with a photo of himself as a child in 1975

A Lurgan man who was one of 100 children evacuated to the UK from war-ravaged Vietnam 45 years ago has blamed the coronavirus crisis and red tape for stopping him from meeting his baby daughter for the first time and bringing her to Northern Ireland.

Vance McElhinney (46) is desperately trying to find a way of getting eight-month-old Liz and her mother to live with him here.

But he has reluctantly conceded it could be next year before he overcomes all the obstacles arising from Covid-19 and immigration regulations.