Police deal with ‘disturbance’ at London immigration center amid reports of armed detainees


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Police were sent to an immigration center near London on Saturday after what they called a “disturbance”.

The detainees inside the facility had armed themselves with knives and pieces of wood, CNN has learned.

A UK Home Office spokesman told CNN on Saturday that there had been a power cut at the Harmondsworth immigration removal center “and work is currently underway to resolve this issue”.

They added that “the welfare and safety of staff and people detained at Harmondsworth is our key priority.”

Officers arrived at the Harmondsworth facility Friday evening to “provide support to staff dealing with a disturbance” and remained there Saturday morning, a spokesman for the city’s Metropolitan Police told CNN.

No injuries were reported at the scene, CNN has learned.

It comes as the UK Home Office is under fire for its treatment of migrants and asylum seekers, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling for an “urgent review”.

A separate incident in which a man threw “crude incendiary devices” at the Western Jet Foil Home immigration center in the southern English port of Dover last Sunday was motivated by extremism, police said.

The UK’s counter-terrorism police department (CTPSE) said in a statement on Saturday that the attack was motivated by a “terrorist ideology”.

“Having considered the evidence gathered so far in this case, although there are strong indications that mental health was likely a factor, I am satisfied that the suspect’s actions were driven primarily by an extremist ideology. This meets the threshold of a terrorist incident,” said Tim Jacques, senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing.

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