Emergency services are in attendance after a “serious incident” at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre in Swinderby in Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire Fire Service have confirmed that they are at the site and reports on Twitter claim that guards have left the centre over fears of disturbances after the alleged death of a detainee.
Several Twitter users who claim to have sources at the IRC have suggested that the death of a 21 year-old detainee is the reason for the disturbance, with reports describing a heart attack and refusal of treatment.
Roads to the IRC have been closed and the BBC describe the conditions at Morton Hall as “chaos.”
A spokesman for the Home Office confirmed that a man had died at the centre and Immigration & Security Minister James Brokenshire said: “Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time. Deaths in removal centres are rare but tragic events. We take our responsibilities towards detainees’ health and welfare extremely seriously.” Mr Brokenshire also confirmed that a full investigation had been launched.
More to follow…