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Boston immigration inquiry says there's "no easy solution"

An inquiry into the effects of population increase in Boston following an influx of migrant workers from eastern Europe has made 28 local, national and international recommendations.

Boston Borough Council's suggestions range from harsher punishments and better patrolling of anti-social behaviour to automatic access to EU funding to deal with migration.

But the council leader and chairman of the task group investigating the impact of population change stressed there is no single solution.

They acknowledge "unprecedented population change" since 2004 with the latest Census showing an increase in Boston's population from 55,750 in 2001 to 64,600 now.

"We have made observations for others to consider and sought to escalate comments to both national and European governments. What is clear is that the recent changes are set to continue. Our report does not, nor cannot, contain all the answers as there is no single deliverable solution to the pressures placed on Boston society. Everyone has their part to play… we must be understanding, tolerant and work together to find solutions to the challenge and secure Boston's fair share of dwindling finances."

– Cllr Paul Kenny and Cllr Peter Bedford

Update: Detainee comes down from roof

Morton Hall near Lincoln Credit: Calendar

A man who had scaled the roof of an Immigration Detention Centre in Lincolnshire has now come down.

The man from Malaysia, who was previously thought to be of Chinese origin is said to be OK and has been placed in a separate unit at Morton Hall for staff to talk to him. Ambulance crews have now left the site which officials say is returning to normal.


Man on detention centre roof is a Chinese national

The man on the roof of an immigration centre in Lincolnshire is a Chinese national. Staff at Morton Hall near Lincoln said he took to the top of the 30 foot high building at 1130 BST.

Trained staff are on the roof trying to negotiate with the man who is not said to be making demands. Emergency services were on scene, although several fire engines have now left.

Lincolnshire police were called to a similar incident yesterday when a different detainee also got onto the roof but that was quickly resolved.

Man scales the roof of immigration centre

A man has scaled the roof of an immigration removal centre as part of a "peaceful protest", officials said today.

The demonstrator is on the roof of the Morton Hall centre in Swinderby, Lincolnshire, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) said.

"There is currently a peaceful protest ongoing at Morton Hall in which one detainee has scaled the roof," a UKBA spokeswoman said. "We are working with the Prison Service to resolve the situation."

FLASH: Man on roof of Lincolnshire immigration centre

A man has sparked a security alert after climbing on to the roof of an immigration and removal centre, police said.

Lincolnshire Police said the man was spotted on the roof a building at Morton Hall near Lincoln. It is thought the man may have begun his protest yesterday. The centre, at Swinderby, holds adult men who are subject to deportation and who require secure conditions.

Lincolnshire immigration march decision

A meeting will be held to decide whether a march in Lincolnshire to highlight concerns about immigration will be allowed to go ahead.

A march was planned in Boston last year, but it was cancelled when the council agreed to set up a task force to address concerns.

Boston and Skegness’s Conservative MP Mark Simmonds has warned that the march could be hijacked by extreme groups.

Far-right protest group Casuals United have tweeted: #Boston march may be back on – If nobodies listening, MARCH we will support you #edl #casualsunited


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