Immigration centre 'shocking treatment' of detainees

An immigration centre in West London has been criticised for its shocking treatment of detainees. Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre near Heathrow airport, is used to temporarily hold people who have no right to be in the UK.

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The prison watchdog found examples of detainees being treated inhumanely, including an 84-year-old man who suffered from dementia, dying while in handcuffs.

Canadian Alois Dvorzac later died while still wearing the restraints - inspectors have described his treatment as inhumane.

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  • Mr Dvorzac was first detained at Harmondsworth near Heathrow after he was refused entry to the UK in mid Jaunary last year
  • He was declared unfit for both detention and deportation within days
  • The following month after a failed attempt to remove - him he was again declared unfit to fly
  • Two days later, Mr Dvorzac was taken to hospital wearing handcuffs
  • He died during a second visit to hospital on the 10th of February, five hours after he was admitted
  • He was still restrained, still wearing handcuffs

The private contractor which runs Harmondsworth said today that detainees are not handcuffed as a matter of routine and managers have now been issued with additional guidance.

It comes too late for pensioner Alois Dvorzac who was given no dignity and shown very little kindness in his last moments.