Officials respond to the terror attack at Dover migrant detention centre
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Terror attack on migrant detention centre leads to mass overcrowding in Dover

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On October 30 three homemade incendiary explosives, two of which detonated, were thrown at the Tug Haven migrant detention centre in Dover.

The attack was by a white man who went on to kill himself in a petrol station.

The centre housed mainly asylum seekers who crossed the channel on small crafts seeking refugee status in Britain.

There have been two people reported injured in the attack. A further explosive device was found in the suspect’s car and has been rendered safe by officials.

Despite the attack meeting criteria set out by the Terrorism Act 2000 for an act of terrorism, Kent police force are not currently treating it as a terror incident.

Officials respond to the terror attack at Dover migrant detention centre Officials respond to the terror attack at Dover migrant detention centre
Officials respond to the terror attack at Dover migrant detention centre. Image credit: Reuters

700 asylum seekers were moved from the Tug Haven centre to nearby Manston in North-East Kent on Sunday following the attack. Manston was already beyond its capacity after the arrival of nearly 1000 new asylum seekers on Saturday. Manston is designed to house up to 1000 people for up to 24 hours, but it has been widely reported that there are hundreds of people who have been there for multiple weeks. There are now over 4000 people there.

The Guardian has reported that there have been confirmed cases of diphtheria and MRSA as pressure mounts for Home Secretary Stella Braverman to deal with the situation. She is due to address the commons on the issue later today.

It has been reported that despite growing concerns that migrant centres will face overcrowding, Braverman chose not to follow advice to secure hotel accommodation for people, however the Home Office denies the advice was ignored.

Thousands of people are currently being housed in temporary tents.

Braverman is also facing scrutiny for this, and for security breaches caused by her use of a personal email address. It is expected that she will speak at 5pm.

Feature Image Credit: ITV News

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