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Zimbabweans jump off 2nd floor at UK deportation centre

by Staff Reporter
22 Jul 2021 at 07:32hrs | Views
Two detainees threw themselves from the second floor landing of Colnbrook detention centre hours before takeoff. They landed in netting and believed to have been unharmed. Photograph: Mark Kerrison/Alamy
Hours before UK's first mass deportation flight to Zimbabwe for many years two Zimbabweans reportedly threw themselves from a second-floor at Colnbrook immigration removal centre in that country.

According to The Guardian, the "controversial Home Office deportation charter flight to Zimbabwe took off at about 10.30 pm on Wednesday evening with only around one-third of the passengers on board that officials had hoped to remove."

It is also reported that "hours before the flight was due to take off two detainees due to board it threw themselves from a second-floor landing at Colnbrook immigration removal centre on to netting below. They are believed to have been unharmed and were not removed."

The former colonial power was meant to deport 50 Zimbabweans to the motherland but ended up deporting only 14 due to Covid-19 and legal challenges.

Source - The Guardian