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Asylum seeker centre fights break out almost every night


Fights at a centre for Asylum seekers break out almost every night between migrants of different nationalities, a migrant has said.

Video footage reportedly shows fights erupting between men at the Wethersfield asylum centre in north Essex - with chairs thrown and one man suffering a bloodied face.

An anonymous asylum seeker said the centre on the former military base 'has many, many problems', adding that 'no one on the camp is feeling safe'.

A Home Office spokesperson said: 'Fighting and any forms of vandalism at Wethersfield are totally unacceptable.'

A government source said there has been a small number of incidents.

The asylum seeker told the BBC there has been 'almost nightly fighting with another nationality, because the number of people is many'.

A few of the minibuses transporting the migrants to the nearby centres of Colchester, Braintree and Chelmsford have allegedly had their windows smashed and damaged on the base.

The Home office said it will continue to 'work closely with our provider to ensure people behave appropriately on site'.

A spokesperson added: 'The safety of individuals remains our utmost priority.'

Asylum seekers started being housed on the large Wethersfield site in July.