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The physical condition of custody suites in criminal courts and immigration and asylum tribunals in north and west London was “overwhelmingly poor”, according to an inspection report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons. In a report on a set of unannounced inspection visits, published today, Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said that despite the conditions, staff were trying to improve the treatment of people detained in court and tribunal…

Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in Harmondsworth, west London, close to Heathrow, was found by inspectors to resemble a prison and to have made “uneven progress” in treatment and conditions since it was previously inspected in 2016. During the most recent inspection in November and December 2018, the IRC held 246 detainees, significantly fewer than around 340 in 2016. Among positive findings, according to Peter Clarke, HM Chief…

The treatment of detainees being removed from the UK was reasonably safe, decent and professional, but there were still some avoidable weaknesses, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published two reports of inspections of escort and removals of detainees to Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan. Operation Majestic is a regular removal flight to Nigeria, often including an additional leg to Accra, Ghana. Inspectors previously…

Inspectors found a mix of “positive and negative features” in the treatment of 34 people escorted from the UK to Pakistan on a Home Office-chartered immigration removal flight. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, said escort staff from the private company Tascor were observed dealing with detainees respectfully and keeping them informed about the process during a “reasonably efficient” operation in February 2018. The need for…

Inspectors concerned about excessive use of waist restraint belts on an immigration removal charter flight in January 2018 found that escort practice on a flight two months later to France and Bulgaria had improved but was “still poor.” A generally effective escort operation in March 2018 was “seriously marred” by the use “with little justification” of waist restraints on many detainees. Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, published…

The way detainees being removed from the UK were treated had improved, but some issues still needed addressing, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published a report of inspection of escort and removals of detainees to Albania. Operation Aardvark is a regular removal flight to Albania which was previously inspected in June and July 2014. Departing from Stansted airport, the flight carried 45 detainees, picking up a further…

Management of Operation Majestic, a regular escorted immigration removal flight from the UK to Nigeria and Ghana, had improved following inspectors’ criticism of previous flights, according to Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons. Publishing a report on an inspection of a flight at the end of July 2018, Mr Clarke identified a more proportionate use of force as one area of improvement. Compared to previous flights inspected in 2011, 2013…