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Fire at Oxfordshire immigration centre leaves one hurt

Archive picture of the Campsfield Immigration Centre in Oxfordshire Credit: Tim Ockeneden/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A number of detainees are being relocated to other centres because of damage to the building, a Home Office spokesman said.

The spokesman added that around half of the detainees are being relocated to other centres.The UK Border Agency website says the centre - privately run by MITIE - has space for 216 beds.

It describes Campsfield House as a long-term centre for men, who are detained pending the outcome of their immigration case and subsequent removal.

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Police used taser at scene of siege

Thames Valley Police: "We can confirm that the armed incident in Kidlington has now concluded. The 38-year-old man inside the property in Morton Avenue was detained by officers at the scene at 3.37pm after he exited the property.

“Officers did deploy and discharge a Taser device in order to gain the man’s compliance. he has now been taken into custody. Updates will be made available when we have them."

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Cordon closes roads

Police have extended the cordon surrounding an ongoing firearms incident in Kidlington.

The following is a list of roads that are currently affected by the ongoing incident:

  • Morton Avenue / Churchill Road – no access for a section of Morton Avenue along to Yarnton Road.
  • No access to Morton Close.
  • Closure and diversion at Yarnton Road / junction with Grovelands. No access along the Yarnton Road to the Oxford Road. Buses and vehicles will need to divert from the Yarnton Road into Grovelands.
  • Diversion at Oxford Road, junction with Churchill Road (access to residents of Churchill Road only).
  • Diversion at Oxford Road, junction with Yarnton road (access for residents of Yarnton Road only).
  • Yarnton Road junction with Morton Avenue is closed.

Police extend house cordon

Thames Valley Police is extending the cordon around the ongoing firearms incident in Kidlington.

The cordon is being extended by 100 metres in all directions to maintain the safety of the public and local community.

This measure is precautionary and proportionate to the information we have at this time.

I am conscious of the impact that this incident is having on local residents and I would ask them to remain patient with us until this matter is resolved."

– Supt Christian Bunt, Local Policing Area commander
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