‘We’re collateral damage’: fury in Yorkshire village at its role in migrant detention plan
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‘We’re collateral damage’: fury in Yorkshire village at its role in migrant detention plan

Priti Patel has buried ‘humane’ plans for refugees – and in Linton-on-Ouse, locals fear a new ‘reception centre’ has an undisclosed purpose

For Priti Patel, the findings of the report on her desk were no doubt unpalatable. Fixated on creating a system that detained and quickly removed asylum seekers, the home secretary would have been shocked to discover that some officials in her department were now enthusing about a “humane” alternative.

At precisely the same time as the Home Office was secretly drawing up options for new immigration removal centres, civil servants elsewhere in the department were championing an option that may have rendered such plans redundant.

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