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Checkout girl chosen to be new face of Tesco is arrested


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A Tesco checkout girl chosen to model for the supermarket's autumn advertising campaign is in Britain illegally, it emerged today.

Fatou Cham, 32, who is from Gambia, West Africa, came to the UK in 1998 on a student visa but stayed after it expired in 2001.

Miss Cham, who works at the Tesco store, in Beckton, east London, was one of six staff members chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to model the Florence and Fred clothing range for an ad campaign used in women's glossy magazines.


Next to a picture of Miss Cham modelling a blue dress and heels were the words: 'Designed by F&F. Priced by Tesco. Modelled by Fatou, checkout number 6, Tesco, east London.'

Immigration officers questioned Miss Cham at her home in East Ham, east London, on Monday.


Miss Cham's solicitor Jamil Trawally told the Sunday Mirror: 'I am sure she was brought to the attention of the police because of the Tesco campaign.'


Miss Cham told the newspaper: 'I came here for a better life and never set out to deceive anyone.

'I just want to stay here with my family and be happy.'

She said she had been excited to be chosen for the Tesco campaign and had hoped it would bring her other opportunities.


'Now it has all gone horribly wrong,' she added.

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