Detainees “armed with weaponry” have caused a disturbance at a London immigration centre, the PA news agency said on Saturday, as Britain struggles to cope with thousands of recently arrived migrants.
The UK government has been on the defensive this week after reports said some 4,000 people were being held at the Manston reception facility near Dover on the south coast meant to hold just 1,600.
Firebombs were also thrown last Sunday at an-other reception facility in Dover by a man who was later found dead. It was not immediately clear exactly when the reported disturbance took place at Harmondsworth detention centre near Heathrow Airport.
The Home Office said no one was injured in the incident during a power outage. “There has been a power outage at Harmondsworth immigration re-moval centre, and work is currently under way to resolve this issue,” it said in a statement.—AFP