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Family given £130k compensation over armed stalker

A family from Kent have been awarded £130k in compensation from the Home Office after they made a series of mistakes.

It comes after immigration officers ignored warnings surrounding Al Amin Dhalla who was a convicted criminal.

Al Amin Dhalla was found guilty in 2012 of stalking his ex-girlfriend Doctor Alison Hewitt from Brighton, and harrassing her mother.

Despite being sent information about the overseas criminal several times, the Home Office missed vital opportunities to keep a family safe.

It started after a complaint from a mother who discovered that a Canadian man living with her daughter had lied about his overseas criminal past when he came to the UK to live and work.

The Home Office are paying the family £120,000 to apologise for their mistakes and £10,184 towards their expenses.

A mother and her family were forced to endure a living nightmare for months on end because of the Home Office’s repeated mistakes.

The Home Office needs to embed a culture of learning from mistakes into the organisation to ensure that no one else goes through this terrifying experience. We are pleased that the Permanent Secretary will be taking responsibility for looking at their systems and processes to ensure this never happens again."

– Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Julie Mellor