Red tape!

PUBLISHED: 11:04 07 September 2006 | UPDATED: 14:49 12 May 2010

Mark with wife Stephanie

Mark with wife Stephanie

A HUSBAND and wife have become involved in ludicrous red tape bureaucracy. Mark Goddard is having a battle with the British Consulate in Jamaica over whether his wife of six months can return to this country. And Mark s mother, Barbara Goddard, of Leete

A HUSBAND and wife have become involved in "ludicrous" red tape bureaucracy.

Mark Goddard is having a battle with the British Consulate in Jamaica over whether his wife of six months can return to this country.

And Mark's mother, Barbara Goddard, of Leete Place, Royston, said: "This is red tape gone mad.

"The whole situation is absolutely ludicrous, but there is no-one who seems able to help."

Mark, 41, and his wife Stephanie, were married in Jamaica in February, and after their honeymoon returned to the West Indies.

It was then that the problems began when Stephanie had to apply for her visa to enter the United Kingdom to be re-issued.

The British Consulate refused her a new visa, despite Mark's protestations and evidence that he was working and living in the UK.

He has been living with his mother while the problem is being sorted out, but returned to Jamaica this week in the hope that the issue can be resolved.

Mark and Stephanie met more than two years ago. Stephanie came to England as a student and has since been working.

Mrs Goddard said: "She's been here five years and is even on the electoral role, but we can't seem to get anyone at the British Consulate to shift."

Mark, who was voted Great Britain's Best Elvis in a national competition, works on his career as an Elvis Presley tribute artist and is also a warm-up man for the Trisha Show.

"It seems that no one can help," said Mrs Goddard. "All we want is for her to come home.

"This is all just to do with having the right piece of paper and a couple's future.

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