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Windrush scandal: top chef told he can stay in the UK

PICTURED: Euten Lindsay (Image: Greenbeanz Photography)

A WELL-RENOWNED chef has been told he can stay in UK after living here for more than 40 years.

Plymouth-based Euten Lindsay, who was featured in The Voice’s restaurant guide earlier this year, was caught up in the Windrush scandal and faced deportation because the Home Office classified him as being in the country illegally.

Lindsay, who has worked with celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, appeared on Hugh’s 3 Good Things and worked in some of London’s top restaurants, was required to report to his local police station on a weekly basis, an experience that left him fearing one day he would be detained.

In an interview with ITV News, he said: “I was told that I didn't exist, that I was this alien being that didn't have any rights and was treated so. It was very troubling for me because of the threats from the Home Office with regards to my status. I had to sign on at the police station each week. I went there with the idea that I might not even come back out.”

Lindsay came to the UK from Jamaica in 1973 at the age of nine.

His mother arrived in Britain from Jamaica in 1968, before the 1971 immigration act came into force.

Before his right to stay was confirmed by the government, Lindsay, the owner of Fusion Cuisine, told the Plymouth Herald that he had kept every piece of paperwork that could serve as evidence as who he was and how long he had been in the UK.

He told the paper: “Luckily for me I keep every single bit of documentation. I have nothing to hide. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s it was okay and I was still able to make a living, pay my taxes and national Insurance, but now it’s all being taken away. What am I supposed to do?”

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