Grandparents’ agony as they finally bring murdered son’s child back to UK

Two British grandparents are finally bringing their murdered son’s six-year-old daughter back to the UK – but have had to leave her big brother behind.

Ian and Linda Simpson were seen beaming with joy beside their granddaughter, Alice, after signing an out-of-court agreement to bring her to live in Britain.

They agreed to pay more than £9,000 to the family of their grandchildren’s Chinese mum – who brutally stabbed their son, Michael, to death last year.

Last night, they were preparing to fly back with little Alice.

But the youngster’s homecoming is filled with heartache – because Ian and Linda have been forced to leave their eight-year-old grandson, Jack, behind.

The desperate pair, who continue to fight for custody of the two siblings, had been faced with the agonising choice to bring just Alice back – or neither child.

This is because Jack’s Chinese grandparents, who live in the northwestern city of Nanzhang, are refusing to give the boy up, The Mail on Sunday reports.

On Boxing Day, as his gran Hu De Xiu packed a bag up for his little sister, the youngster reportedly wept and pleaded with her: "Don’t let Alice go."

"We are overjoyed to bring Alice home but it breaks our hearts to leave Jack behind," Ian, now married to a second wife, told the newspaper yesterday.

"Linda cried and asked me, ‘How can we wrench them apart?’"

He added that, in the end, he and his ex-wife had to choose between bringing Alice home or walking away without either of their grandchildren.

"We could have lost them both for ever," he said.

Ian and Linda’s son Michael was killed in March 2017 when he was knifed by his estranged wife, Weiwei Fu, in a jealous rage at his Shanghai apartment.

The Next executive, who had met and married Fu after moving to China before they split up, had "planned a university education" for Alice and Jack.

He had taken the youngsters around the world and gave them a "western view", retired business project consultant Ian said in an interview earlier this year.

He added at the time said: “We lost our son and feel we can’t lose the children as well. They’re too precious… We can give them the life Michael wanted for them. We’d make sure they stayed in touch with their Chinese relatives.”

Ian and Linda, who have spent more than £100,000 in their bid to get custody of Alice and Jack, spent time with their grandson in Nanzhang last week.

They played with him at a hotel restaurant, as Fu’s parents looked on.

Devastatingly, the two children’s Chinese relatives have allegedly told them that their parents are working abroad and that Michael abandoned them.

But in reality, the father was stabbed to death by their mother, who is now serving life in prison after being locked up for murder this summer.

Ian, of Hartest, Suffolk, said earlier this year: "That’s the lie they’ve been given but they’ll find out eventually. It’s terrible."

He added that the kids were living in a "one-bedroom flat containing five people, including their grandparents and cousin, in a small town".

The granddad and Linda had previously enjoyed a close relationship with Alice and Jack. But after their son’s murder, they were allegedly refused contact.

The pair launched a heartbreaking battle for custody, which saw Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt raise the case on a visit to Beijing in July.

Supporters also raised thousands to help the family.

Ian and Linda ended up paying £9,200 in cash to Fu’s relatives.

They have reached an agreement that there will be weekly phone calls between Alice and Jack, as well as annual visits, the Mail on Sunday reports.

Now, as they prepare to bring their granddaughter back to the UK, they are determined to keep up their fight until Jack can join them too.

They say Alice is already missing her big brother.

"She has been amazingly brave but there have been moments when she has been in tears asking for her brother," Ian said.

The grandparents have been supported in their battle by the Foreign Office.

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