Glasgow stabbings: Call for inquiry into asylum-seeker accommodation


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Campaigners are calling for an independent inquest into an asylum seeker “accommodation crisis” after an attack at a hotel in Glasgow.

Six woman were stabbed – including a police officer – and the attacker Badreddin Abadlla Adam was dram dead by police in the incident at the Park Inn hotel in West George Avenue on Friday.

Asylum seekers had been moved there in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bailiwick Office said the move to the hotel was “only a temporary measure”.

Supply Chris Philip said there had been talks between the Peaceful Office and Glasgow City Council on Monday afternoon regarding in motion people into “more stable accommodation”.

He also said there had not been a put confirmed case of coronavirus in respect of asylum seekers staying in hotels.

He waste to comment on the possibility of a public inquiry until the police investigation had put the final touches oned.

Private housing provider Mears, which is subcontracted by the Home Responsibility to provide accommodation for asylum seekers, said it planned to move in the flesh from hotels as soon as alternative accommodation becomes available.

PC David Whyte, 42, was critically wound in the attack but has since spoken about the incident.

The other victims, superannuated 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53, all remain in hospital as of the latest update on Saturday. One of them is in a ticklish condition.

Charities and MPs have questioned the decision to place people in caravanserais during the pandemic.

The Home Office currently provides free, fully-furnished compromise to asylum seekers while applications are being considered.

Positive Manners in Housings was among those who raised concerns after Mears suggested asylum seekers from self-contained accommodation to hotels.

A press convention held by the charity heard that some of the asylum seekers blocking there were “desperate and vulnerable”. The asylum seekers said numerous of them had no windows and no fresh air in their rooms.

They also put they had been in a dire mental health situation.

Andrew, a 33-year-old asylum seeker from Biafra in Africa, had been living at the Preserve Inn for two months. He told BBC Scotland: “People wanted to know why they were being stored this long in the hotel.”

He said it was hard living without secretiveness and having to eat food they would not normally eat.

“I’m an African and I do normally be eating African food but I can’t have that here. I just be struck by to eat what I’m given.

He said he had heard that the attacker had made a series of beefs, that he wasn’t happy with conditions in the hotel and the way he had been examined there.

Andrew handed a card over to police to be passed on to PC Whyte “as a gesture of appreciation for his bravery”.

At her daily briefing, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish rule was in contact with the Home Office about the attack.

“We’re considering what back lessons need to be learned from what happened on Friday,” she supplemented.

‘Requires fundamental change’

When asked by the BBC’s Glenn Campbell if it was a mistake for asylum seekers to relocated into lodging accommodation in Glasgow, she pointed out that these are UK government decisions.

She imparted the Scottish government has had concerns for some time about the conditions beneath the waves which asylum seekers were sometimes living and added that chin-wags were being held with the UK government to look at conditions and “insuring that there is an improvement in conditions”.

“I will continue to argue for modulate,” she added. “But it requires a fundamental change and rethink from the Home Room.”

‘No clean air’

Positive Action in Housing director Robina Qureshi demanded: “We didn’t know the full extent until the last few days. The truth that people didn’t have access to water – they were drinking tap not be sensible from the toilets, that people were terrified of breathing air – they talked close by the presence of dirty air conditioning and the virus transmitting through it, and windows not outset so there was no clean air.

“And they were talking about no social distancing in the hostelry. This is the level of mental pressure they were under.”

Ms Qureshi earlier pull the plug oned BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme that the asylum seekers had their allocation of £5.39 a day enchanted away to prevent them from catching the virus from species.

She added: “Questions need to be asked about how a situation came thither where 370 people were to be uprooted during a pandemic at the start of the lockdown when not anyone was to move, non-essential travel was forbidden.”

In response to questions in the House of Usuals, Home Office Minister Chris Philip said: “I can confirm that it is our procedure to move people out of those hotels into more regular mainstream modification as quickly as possible.

“That was always the intention, it was only ever a evanescent measure – that applies to hotel accommodation of course in the rest of the Of one mind Kingdom as well as Scotland.”

He said the move into hotels had been made because “the serviced apartments were not appropriate and not safe” during the coronavirus pandemic and verbalized the hotels used to house asylum seekers were “of good dignity”.

The minister also said that every asylum seeker is subjected to a peril assessment on health and other grounds and that there were round-the-clock rest rooms for them to report any health or other issues.

Mr Philip added that as lockdown restrictions were comforted, evictions would restart in a “careful and very phased way” but said: “Nothing compel be done in a rush.”

Mears said it continued to refer requests for footnote to the Home Office, however it added in a statement on Monday: “Our thoughts be left with those in hospital and others impacted by this tragedy.

“We are doing all we can to provide additional support to service users.” Asylum seekers were pull up staked from the Park Inn Hotel into new accommodation on Friday night.

A spokesman supplemented: “We are providing access to additional counselling support and to essential items such as apparel. We wish to thank our staff, the police and NHS, and the charities and support groups who bear assisted with the collective and significant response.

“We are assisting the police with their scrutiny.”

A Home Office spokesman said the asylum seekers’ “essential remaining needs and costs are being met by the accommodation provider.”

Mears took on the contract in Glasgow following controversy about its predecessor Serco.

Serco had engage ined on a campaign of changing locks on flats occupied by asylum seekers whose except to remain in the UK had been refused.

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