Study criticises detention unit

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INSPECTORS say uncertainty over the future of a detention centre for asylum seekers is hampering improvements.

The concerns were raised by Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, after an inspection revealed a string of failings at Lindholme Immigration Removal Centre.

The site, next to Lindholme Prison, is run by the Prison Service for the UK Border Agency.

Inspectors raised a number of safety issues and the inability of the centre to break away from the prison and carve a separate and more appropriate identity for itself.

They identified slight progress, but little major change.

Inspectors said problems still included poor quality accommodation and night time supervision levels were too low.

Home Office Director of Detention Services, Alan Kittle, said: “We will be considering the contents of this report and HMCIP’s recommendations. We will draw up a service improvement plan responding to the recommendations.”