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Detainees begin hunger strike at detention centre

More than 100 people being held in an immigration centre were on hunger strike yesterday. Officials at the UK Border Agency confirmed they were "monitoring" the situation at Campsfield immigration removal centre in Oxfordshire after detainees refused food.

Jonathan Sedgwick, UKBA deputy chief executive, said: "We can confirm that 108 detainees have refused prepared meals from staff yesterday evening.

"However, they still have access to food from the on-site shop and vending machines. Staff are monitoring the situation closely and listening to the detainees' concerns. All detainees have access to legal representation and 24-hour medical care."