Daily Express

Priti fury as refugee site is hit by fire

- By Alex Jee

HOME Secretary Priti Patel blamed asylum seekers living at a Covid-hit former Army barracks as a blaze broke out yesterday.

Video footage showed a block in flames at Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent.

The building can hold 400 men but some were sent to hotels after a virus outbreak.

There were no reported injuries last night and some detainees were moved outside to safety.

At least 120 at the barracks tested positive and last Friday activists

threw buckets of blood at the gates in protest at the conditions.

Ms Patel said: “The damage and destructio­n is not only appalling but deeply offensive to the taxpayers providing this accommodat­ion while asylum claims are being processed.

“The Home Office will support the police to take robust action against those vandalisin­g property, threatenin­g staff and putting lives at risk.

“This site previously accommodat­ed our brave soldiers and Army personnel – it is an insult to say that it is not good enough for these individual­s.”

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In flames...former barracks

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