Boat Race protester must leave U.K.

AFP-JIJI

An Australian man jailed for disrupting Britain’s annual university Boat Race has been told to leave the country despite the fact his British wife is pregnant, officials said Tuesday.

Trenton Oldfield, 37, jumped into the River Thames and swam between the Oxford and Cambridge boats in April 2012, forcing the race to be halted, in what he said was a protest against elitism.

He was jailed for six months in October after being convicted of causing a public nuisance.

A spokesman for Britain’s Home Office, or interior ministry, said: “We refused this individual leave to remain because we do not believe his presence in this country is conducive to the public good.”

Oldfield, whose British wife, Deepa Naik, is expecting a child, said he had appealed against the decision.

“I have a tier one visa, as a highly skilled migrant, and I was sentenced to less than a year,” he told The Guardian newspaper.

“The lawyer said I had nothing to worry about because it was less than a year. It feels to me that this is a very vindictive decision, very political and very much an overreaction.”