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MPs call for introduction of 28-day immigration detention cap

MPs have called for the introduction of an immigration detention cap that will restrict the holding of detainees to a maximum of 28 days.

A report, produced by a cross-party group of MPs and peers, suggests Home Office officials are "failing to follow guidance" on using immigration detention sparingly and for the shortest period possible and recommends a detention cap be brought into force.

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Two staff members at Yarl's Wood detention centre suspended

Two staff members at the Yarl's Wood detention centre have been suspended from duty following the broadcast of a Channel 4 News investigation which revealed questions over standards of care at the holding facility.

Home Office Minister Karen Bradley told MPs today that the Serco employees were suspended over "serious and deeply concerning" allegations which were made after staff were filmed referring to the detention centre's inmates as "animals" and "beasties".

Ms Bradley said: "Serco immediately suspended one member of staff who could be identified from information available before broadcast and have suspended another having seen the footage."

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