Nine more people have been arrested after a fire broke out at Napier Barracks in Kent on Friday, in addition to five men who were arrested on Saturday.
BBC reporter Simon Jones has also revealed that one of the men arrested yesterday, Mohammad Ali, “has been charged with assault by beating, using or threatening unlawful violence and criminal damage.”
This site reported yesterday that Kent police were now investigating the incident as potential arson as the Home Secretary Priti Patel said the scenes were “deeply offensive to the taxpayers of this country who are providing this accommodation while asylum claims are being processed.”
Patel also responded to left-wing critics who sided with the asylum seekers over their lodgings, which have been said to include Playstations and a forthcoming state-of-the-art gym.
“This site has previously accommodated our brave soldiers and army personnel – it is an insult to say that it is not good enough for these individuals. I am fixing our broken asylum system and will be bringing forward legislation this year to deliver on that commitment.”
The fire, now thought to be intentional, follows a campaign of rule-breaking and crime at the camp, with protests earlier this month leading to a coronavirus outbreak that put police and administrators in needless jeopardy.
In December a wild migrant grabbed a knife and terrorised staff. In November, a suspected rapist from Sudan was moved into the camp, where another migrant had already been accused of sexually harassing a charity worker.
Members of the public were shocked earlier this week when it was revealed that 100 migrants would be ferried from the camp to local hotels amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, with many condemning the move as an apparent reward for bad behaviour.
One social media user warned that “those left will riot and be removed to yet another hotel”, dubbing the situation a cat and mouse game. Another asked: “Why aren’t they being deported? This will just encourage more to come.”
According to the Home Office, those who remained at the camp “became aggressive, turned violent and began to set about destroying the barracks” after they objected that had not received the hotel treatment also.