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Airport home chef told to get job
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An Asbo banned Delaney from the airport and its railway station
A homeless chef who made Gatwick Airport his home for more than three years has been encouraged by a judge to find a job.

Anthony Delaney, 43, ate, showered and slept at the Sussex airport in scenes similar to the 2004 film, The Terminal.

He had previously admitted breaching an order banning him from its grounds three times at Lewes Crown Court.

Judge Richard Hayward encouraged him to return to the restaurant trade and deferred sentencing until 22 August.

Mr Hayward said: "You are a fully qualified head chef and I cannot understand why you haven't been able to find a job for four years when the south coast is bustling with food outlets."

Lewes Crown Court heard Delaney, who had previous convictions for theft and disorderly conduct at the airport, only left south terminal to collect his Jobseeker's Allowance.

Officially banned

He is said to have told his barrister that he was happier staying there because he was "clean, dry and warm".

Delaney first started living at the airport in 2004, but despite being officially banned under airport authority by-laws a year later, he continued to stay there.

An Asbo banning him from the airport and its railway station was imposed on him in 2006, which remains in force until 2011.

In the Spielberg- directed movie The Terminal, Hanks stars as a passenger who lives in New York's Kennedy airport after being stranded there because of political upheaval in his homeland.

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