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British Instagrammer locked up in “filthy Bangkok cell’ over missing passport pages

A British model has had a “misunderstanding” with Thai immigration officials after being locked up for 24 hours when it was discovered there were two pages missing from her passport. The model departed Scotland last Sunday for a flight to London before heading to Bangkok.

According to, Lacey Montgomery-Henderson, from Glasgow, says she was treated ‘like an animal’ during her detention. The police cell was, according to Lacey, “overrun with cockroaches”.

The 28 year old Instagrammer says she was on a 10 day work trip in Bangkok when she was stopped at immigration because there were pages missing from her British passport. Lacey claims she’d removed them from the passport because of a “liquid spill years before”.

“I feel responsible to make sure no one else ends up in a situation like that. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, they treat you like animals and it’s an experience I won’t forget quickly.”

The model was allowed to keep her phone during her time in detention and said “It kept my sanity by messaging people.”

Lacey has 300,000 Instagram followers, said she was repeatedly told by immigration officials: “Can’t accept your passport.”

Once released Lacey was escorted by British Airways attendants onto a return flight to London yesterday. It was also her birthday.

“Honestly just chatting to all of you for 24 hours in that cell was the only thing keeping a smile on my face,” she said in The Mirror article.


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