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.
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!! 👍🏻 🍟 pic.twitter.com/4VQMFwsTLN
— Leicestershire Road Policing Unit (RPU) (@LeicsPoliceRPU) June 19, 2018
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!’
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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.’
Are you for real? They should be exhibiting humanity to everyone. Anyone in police care should be fed and expected to be looked after properly without any judgment. It’s in the SOP. Why should they get a pat on the back for this.
— McVicar (@Mod_Bird) June 20, 2018
The guy was starving and he’s probably escaped hell to get here. I fully support him facing justice as he is a criminal however it’s good to see that the law and treating people with humanity are able to go hand in hand
— ShitsAndGigs[Team💯] (@_ShitsandGiggs_) June 20, 2018
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.’
Just to clarify a few matters from yesterday’s immigration prisoner. He was detained at the side of the motorway, searched (along with his bag) checked on police & immigration systems. Having been arrested he was then taken to custody for immigration officers to deal accordingly.
— Leicestershire Road Policing Unit (RPU) (@LeicsPoliceRPU) June 20, 2018
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.’