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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Campsfield immigration centre inmates refusing meals

Campsfield immigration centre inmates refusing meals

More than 100 detainees at Campsfield House immigration removal centre in Oxfordshire have been refusing meals.

A statement claiming to be from some of the detainees said the protest had "erupted" due to the poor treatment of people detained for long periods.

It said 147 inmates were refusing meals "indefinitely for our voices to be heard".

The Home Office said 108 inmates had refused meals on Monday evening but had access to food from vending machines.

Jonathan Sedgwick, deputy chief executive of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), said there was also an on-site shop.

"Staff are monitoring the situation closely and listening to the detainees concerns," he said.

"All detainees have access to legal representation and 24-hour medical care."

In March, Dame Anne Owers, the then HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP), said some detainees at Campsfield House, near Kidlington, were being detained for "excessive periods"

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