Father's heartache at deportation

A WARREN Heath father has spoken of his heartache at being separated from his partner and child on the day he is due to be deported to Turkey.Restaurant worker Sadik 'Kay' Kayhan, 26, was due to fly from Stansted to Istanbul at 2.

A WARREN Heath father has spoken of his heartache at being separated from his partner and child on the day he is due to be deported to Turkey.

Restaurant worker Sadik 'Kay' Kayhan, 26, was due to fly from Stansted to Istanbul at 2.30pm today after failing in a bid to win British citizenship.

He said he is nervous about returning to the country he left at the age of 15 and is heartbroken at leaving his partner Samantha Neal, 21, and their eight-month-old daughter Celine behind in Ipswich.

Speaking from the Campsfield House immigration removal centre in Oxfordshire, he said: “I'm a bit afraid.

“I don't know what to expect.

“I'm really upset about leaving England after ten years.

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“I am leaving my daughter and fiancée here.

“Ipswich is my home town and all of my friends are here.”

Mr Kayhan came to England after fleeing his home in Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, in January 1997, fearing for his safety after his brother became involved with the PKK, the Kurdish Workers Party.

He was granted asylum and several years later, in summer 2003, met Miss Neal.

He went on to apply for British citizenship in February 2005 but was refused as were both of his appeals - the last of which was in November.

Last Monday he was handcuffed and taken to the detention centre prior to deportation but he has said he will do everything he can to return to the UK.

He said: “We are trying to get a visa for Sam and our daughter to come over to Turkey so we can get married and I can apply for a British visa.

“Hopefully I can be back in Ipswich within a few months.

“I am not going to give up.”

Miss Neal, of Magpie Close, Pinewood, said she is not coping with the situation but is putting all her efforts into getting over to Turkey.

She said: “We can't see any reason why once we get married Sadik won't be able to return to the UK.

“We haven't even thought about what we would do if he can't return.

“We would stay together no matter what.”

Do you think Mr Kayhan should be granted citizenship? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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