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Immigration centre disturbance ends

A disturbance at an immigration removal centre following the death of a detainee has ended, the Home Office has said.

Around 30 detainees were thought to be involved in the incident at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre (IRC), near Lincoln, yesterday.

A Home Office spokesman said specially trained staff “successfully resolved” the situation at about 8.30pm.

There were no injuries.

He said: “A disturbance involving a small number of detainees at Morton Hall IRC was successfully resolved at 8.30pm.

“Specially trained staff brought the situation to a safe conclusion, with no injuries to staff or detainees and minor damage to one unit.

“An investigation will now take place.”

Officers in riot gear and some with dogs were spotted going into the site, and there were reports that alarms were sounding inside the complex.

Immigration and security minister James Brokenshire has promised an investigation following the death of the man at the centre.

Mr Brokenshire said: “Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time. Deaths in removal centres are rare but tragic events.

“We take our responsibilities towards detainees’ health and welfare extremely seriously. As is the case with any death in detention a full investigation has been launched.”

Morton Hall, in the village of Swinderby, is run by the Prison Service on behalf of UK Border Agency.

It has 392 rooms spread across six residential units, and holds adult men.

Morton Hall is one of 12 IRCs in the UK. The centres are used to detain some asylum seekers who are awaiting decisions and also people whose asylum claims have failed are awaiting deportation.

Some, like Morton Hall, are run directly by the Prison Service, but others are run under contract by private companies

In 2002, a fire following a disturbance at the Yarl’s Wood centre in Bedfordshire caused millions of pounds of damage.

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