Asylum seeker commits suicide after move from Harmondsworth

    An asylum seeker, who was moved from Harmondsworth Immigration
    Removal Centre to Dungavel detention centre following riots last
    week, has committed suicide just days after campaigners voiced
    fears about the safety of detainees, writes Clare
    Jerrom
    .

    A Home Office spokesperson confirmed that a 23-year-old Vietnamese
    male had been found in an accommodation unit at the former prison
    in Lanarkshire and was later pronounced dead. Investigations by the
    police and prisons and probation ombudsman would ensue, she
    added.

    Around 440 detainees were transferred from Harmondsworth, west
    London, to prisons and other centres after the death of another
    detainee sparked a “serious disturbance” last
    week.

    A riot broke out after a man was found hanged in his cell, believed
    to have committed suicide. Seventeen people have been arrested in
    connection with the disturbance.

    Anne Owers, chief inspector of prisons, last year slammed
    Harmondsworth as “essentially an unsafe place for both staff
    and detainees.”

     

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