Cop and chips! Kind-hearted police officers share food with hungry ‘illegal immigrant’ they arrested on the M1

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
PC Kieran Dempsey and PC Charlie Amodio shared a selfie of themselves eating a bag of chips with the suspected illegal immigrant (Twitter/@LeicsPoliceRPU)

Two police officer have been praised for their kindness after they shared a bag of chips with a starving suspected illegal immigrant.

PC Kieran Dempsey and PC Charlie Amodio tweeted a selfie of themselves sharing their food with the man they arrested walking on the hard shoulder of the M1 in Leicestershire on Tuesday afternoon.

He was arrested under the Immigration Act but the cops dropped by a chippy after he explained how he had not eaten for several days.

Pictures show the policemen in the front of their patrol car with the suspect sitting in the back seat tucking into a bag of chips.

Writing on the @LeicsPoliceRPU page, the cops said: ‘Male found on motorway suspected to be an illegal immigrant into the UK.

‘He’s not eaten for days and we’ve not eaten for hours, so we’ve all shared some fine English cuisine… a bag of chips!’


Since the picture was uploaded on Tuesday evening the post has been shared and viewed thousands of times.

Some internet users even retweeted the post to US President Donald Trump, currently under fire for forcibly removing children from illegal immigrants on the Mexican border.

One twitter user wrote: ‘Hey Mr President, here’s a simple, human approach to immigration involving fast food so it ticks one of your boxes at least! #chipsnotcages.’

Another posted: ‘This is exactly what needs to be shown.

‘Here illegally or not, we’re all human beings, and should be treated as such. This is a lovely picture, well done guys!’

Facebook user Jonno T wrote: ‘Never felt so proud of British cops. What a gesture of human kindness. The US could learn a lot from this little country.’

The suspected illegal immigrant was handed over to immigration officials following his arrest.

Leicester Police told Yahoo News UK: ‘Police were called at around 6.55pm on Tuesday (19 June) to a report of a man sitting on a barrier of the M1 motorway.

‘The man was not seen near any vehicle so there were concerns as to why he was there.

‘Officers attended the location and following enquiries made, a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.

‘When it became apparent to the arresting officers that the man had not eaten for several days, as an act of humanity they provided him with some food.’