Teen sailor picked up earlier in England

The teenage girl who plans to sail solo round the world was picked up by the police in England after sailing single-handedly to the port of Lowestoft this spring, her lawyer confirmed on Thursday.

Laura Dekker, who is on the verge of turning 14, is at the centre of a legal row over her plans to embark on a two-year round-the-world voyage. A Dutch court will rule on Friday whether she should be placed under court protection.
The girl sailed to England in May and was stopped by the port authorities who said she was too young to make the trip back alone. Her father at first refused to pick her up and she was placed temporarily in a foster home, the Volkskrant reports on Thursday.
Her father did eventually arrive but allowed the girl to sail back alone. The British police informed the Dutch authorities, the paper says.
The girl has Dutch, New Zealand and German nationality, the Volkskrant says. She plans to move back to New Zealand where she was born but her New Zealand passport has expired, the paper claims.
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