Inside UK's migrant crisis with overcrowded centre hit by diphtheria as 700 more asylum seekers crammed in after attack | The Sun

BRITAIN'S deepening migrant crisis has been laid bare after asylum seekers were crammed into an immigration centre in a "breach of humane conditions".

Record numbers of people are continuing to cross the Channel – with 468 migrants arriving on Sunday alone.

This takes the total number of migrants who have made the treacherous journey so far this year to almost 40,000.

Pressure is now mounting on the Home Office to tackle the crisis as a growing number of ministers wade into the row.

The Manston migration centre in Kent is now 3,000 people over its 1,000 capacity and continues to grow.

Around 700 more people have also been moved to the site from Dover where a petrol bomber targeted a second centre yesterday.

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Manston has now been described as a "like a pressure cooker" after an outbreak of potentially deadly diphtheria.

The former RAF airbase, which is the main processing centre for migrants before they are shipped off to hostels or hotels across the UK, has also been rocked by violent outbursts.

Sir Roger Gale – the MP for North Thanet – said the conditions are "wholly unacceptable".

He told BBC Radio 4 today: "There are simply far too many people and this situation should never have been allowed to develop, and I'm not sure that it hasn't almost been developed deliberately."

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The Tory backbencher said either current Home Secretary Suella Braverman or predecessor Priti Patel decided not to book additional hotel space for migrants.

He added: "That's like driving a car down a motorway, seeing the motorway clear ahead, then there's a car crash, and then suddenly there's a five mile tailback.

"The car crash was the decision not to book more hotel space."

Western Jet Foil, where yesterday's arson attack unfolded, has previously been slammed for its facilities.

Migrants arriving in the UK suffering hypothermia and deep injuries are reportedly left on narrow benches and concrete floors.

Some also have their wounds ignored – with one girl left scarred for her life after a fuel burn went untreated following her arrival.

While last week, a Home Affairs Select Committee heard conditions at Manston were "wretched".

Migrants are only supposed to remain at the facility for 24 hours while they are processed but some are crammed in for weeks.


A report in The Times found Ms Braverman blocked the transfer of asylum seekers to new hotels and ignored legal advice the government was illegally detaining people at Manston.

The Refugee Council has revealed one boy had contracted scabies after staying at the centre for 19 days in "inhumane" conditions.

There has also been a report of a case of MRSA at the camp.

Detention Action said the facility remained “hugely overcrowded, unhygienic and unsafe” and was on the verge of becoming a “public health disaster”.

While Chief Inspector of Prisons Charlie Taylor said the situation is "not acceptable" and urged the Home Office to "get a grip" of the crisis.

He added: "They need to speed up the processing of migrants, they need to make suitable provisions so people can be moved off site as quickly as possible and housed in humane and decent conditions.

"The facilities are not set up for people to be staying. It's not a residential facility. It's a short-term holding facility which is supposed to process people through.

"So, the danger is, if people are spending long periods of time in what are very cramped conditions without suitable accommodation, that's just not acceptable."

The Home Secretary and the immigration minister could now be hauled before MPs to explain the "car crash" decisions.

It comes after a "laughing" petrol bomber drove for more than 100 miles to attack Western Jet Foil.

Up to three incendiary devices were chucked from a car into the border force site in Dover yesterday sparking a huge blaze.

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Police later confirmed the suspect was found dead at a nearby petrol station.

It is understood the man had hanged himself moments after the attack.

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