• Man in Hampshire claimed to be 17, but was assessed as being 29 by officials
  • Official age assessments were carried out by social workers across the country
  • Almost one in four of the claimants were found to be older than they claimed
  • In some areas every claimant turned out to be over 18 

A 29-year-old is among the hundreds of adult asylum-seekers in Britain who lied to officials and posed as children, according to newly released official figures.

Official age assessments carried out by social workers across the country revealed that a staggering number of those claiming to be lone refugee children were far older than they pretended to be.

In some cases they were close to 30 and could have posed a risk to school pupils or foster families had they not been checked.

The revelation comes after concerns were raised that some of the refugees allowed into Britain…

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