Immigration detainee ‘died in handcuffs’

Harmondsworth Immigration Detention Centre
HMIP inspectors compiled the report after an unannounced visit to the centre last August

An 84-year-old immigration detainee suffering from dementia, who was declared unfit for detention, died in handcuffs, a report has discovered.

HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) compiled the report after visiting Harmondsworth immigration removal centre, near Heathrow airport.

Inspectors condemned “shocking cases where a sense of humanity was lost” at the centre in west London.

The Chief Inspector of Prisons said some services were “poorly managed”.

The Prison Reform Trust said the centre had “forgotten the basic principles of humanity and decency”.

HMIP inspectors compiled the report after an unannounced visit to the centre last August.[Full article]