Asylum seeker’s death in hotel near Heathrow sparks police investigation | Immigration and asylum

Police are investigating after a young Sudanese asylum seeker was found dead Sunday morning in a hotel near Heathrow airport.

The man, who is believed to be 24 and has been in the UK for four months after spending several months sleeping under a bridge in Calais, was found dead shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday at the Crowne Plaza hotel near ‘Heathrow which the Home Office uses. to welcome asylum seekers.

Home Office sources told the Guardian that the place where the asylum seeker’s body was found was a crime scene.

Colleague asylum seekers at the hotel staged a protest there hours after his body was discovered, holding up signs saying “the lives of refugees matter” and “he is being neglected to death”.

Clare Moseley, founder of the Care4Calais association, said: “He was friends with our volunteers in Calais and in the UK. He was cheerful and pleasant in the most difficult circumstances. After surviving unknown horrors in his home country and a grueling journey to get here in search of safety, we are devastated that his life has been cut short here in the UK.

Maddie Harris, founder of Humans for Rights Network, said: “We stand in solidarity with this man’s family and call for an immediate and transparent investigation into his death. “

Another protest was staged outside the hotel at 2 p.m. on Monday to voice concerns over the death.

A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry said: “We are very saddened to learn of the death of a person in accommodation for asylum seekers. The health and well-being of asylum seekers will always be our priority. We are working closely with various organizations to ensure immediate support and assistance to those living in the accommodation who have been affected by this tragic death and await further information from the Metropolitan Police on the findings of their ongoing investigation. “

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday 18 July, the police were informed by the London Ambulance Service of reports of a deceased person at an address on Stockley Road, West Drayton. Officers and paramedics responded and a man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s death is not considered suspicious and steps are taken to inform his relatives. “

Twenty-nine asylum seekers died in Home Ministry homes last year, five times more than those who lost their lives on perilous Channel crossings in small boats during the same period.

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