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Immigrant died in restraint at detention centre

An 84-year-old detainee died while in still restraints after being taken to hospital from Harmondsworth Detention Centre, a report has revealed.

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Immigrant died in restraints at detention centre

Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, in West Drayton Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

An 84-year-old detainee died while in still restraints after being taken to hospital from Harmondsworth Detention Centre, a report has revealed. The Canadian man, Alois Dvorzac, had been declared by doctors as being unfit for detention because he had Alzheimer's disease.

The interior of a cell at Harmondworth Detention Centre Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Prisons' Inspector said it was one of a number of cases where ''a sense of humanity was lost''.

A statement from private contractor GEO said: "Detainees are not routinely handcuffed when taken out of the centre.

"However, where there is a documented risk of absconding, handcuffs may be used, balanced against a number of factors, including their age.

"Managers have to use discretion to take difficult decisions and we have issued them with additional guidance."

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