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LAWFUL CUSTODY: Immigration removal centre escapee arrested in Watford

 Published on: 16th June 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man suspected of escaping from an immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire was arrested in Watford yesterday (Thursday, June 15).

A man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of escaping from lawful custody. This is the eighth person to be arrested for escaping from Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, a detention centre for foreign nationals before their deportation from the United Kingdom.

He remains in police custody for questioning. Detectives believe everyone has been accounted for following the break out from the centre which happened on April 28.

Thirteen men, all in their 20s and 30s, broke through the perimeter fence after a disturbance at the centre near Milton Ernest. Five were detained by police shortly afterwards.

Seven men have been charged with escaping lawful custody, violent disorder and criminal damage in connection to the disturbance.

Two other men have been charged with assisting an escaped prisoner, while two other men and one of the seven suspected escapees have been charged with drug dealing and money laundering offences.

Further court hearings are due to take place in the coming weeks.

Detective Chief Inspector James Panter said: “We are no longer looking for anyone else in connection to the disturbance and subsequent escape of detainees at the Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre in April.

“This has been a huge collective effort by our officers, those from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit as well as law enforcement colleagues across the country.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in this operation and hope it sends out a strong message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.”


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