Can anyone offer any advice to my brother in the following circumstances? I should point out that I am not 100% certain that I believe what has happened to him as he is a ne'er-do-well, but his story is all I have to go on.
My brother claims that he has lost all his documents including passport, driving licence, photos and money. He says he lost them in the Pyrenees. He somehow got to Paris but without any money or ID the British Consulate could not help him return to the UK, so he says. As a result he is destitute and living around Paris but he is desperate to return home. He will have no funds in a bank upon which he can call.
He lost his documents, etc, in September but has only got in touch now, probably because I had previously said I wanted no more contact with him as he went to France whilst on police bail in order to avoid justice. He has obviously, subsequently, failed to appear at the police station. I could not condone this behaviour and so when he told me he was going to do this I said that I did not want to hear from him again.
Can anyone tell me; is it possible that without passport, ID, documents or money he would not be able to return to the UK? It doesn't sound right to me that someone could find themselves stranded in this way, having lost everything, but nothing can be done to help them. I have looked at the passport and British Embassy/Consulate websites but cannot find the answer on there. They do talk about lost passport forms and issuing emergency documents but I think fees are payable and ID may be required.
I am certainly not going to send him any money, as I do not trust him. I would, however, like to tell him what he needs to do in order to return to the UK. If he manages to do this, he will have to face the consequences of his actions (the police will not give me information as to any charges etc; Data Protection and all that). He may well be arrested as soon as he arrives in the UK. He now says he will take his medicine; it is a pity he did not take this approach previously but ran away.
Can anyone confirm that the problems he faces could be genuine and offer any constructive suggestions? Thanks.