Authorities dealing with disturbance at the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre, Home Office confirms

A group of detainees armed with 'various weaponry' at a west London immigration centre caused a 'disturbance' during a power outage in the early hours of Saturday.

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Authorities are dealing with an ongoing disturbance at an immigration removal centre near Heathrow airport in west London, the Home Office has confirmed.

The incident at the Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre follows a power outage at the facility yesterday evening.

The incident happened in the early hours of this morning
The incident happened in the early hours of this morning

The Metropolitan police has confirmed that officers were called to assist Immigration Enforcement staff at the centre overnight.

Police are still at the scene this morning.Official sources have told GB News that the incident has been contained within a part of the facility, but is still on going.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "There has been a power outage at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre, and work is currently underway to resolve this issue.

"We are aware of a disturbance at the centre and the appropriate authorities have been notified and are on scene.

"The welfare and safety of staff and individuals detained at Harmondsworth is our key priority.

"Harmondsworth is a secure facility which holds more than 600 immigrants, who are in the process of being removed from the UK."

As well as police reinforcement, prison service personnel are also on scene.

GB News has been told there has been no reported injuries to staff or individuals detained at the centre.