A Sudanese asylum seeker has been found dead at a hotel near Heathrow airport,
The man understood to be 24 years old and to have been in the UK for four months
after spending several months sleeping under a bridge in Calais, was found dead just
before 1 am on Sunday at the Crowne Plaza hotel near Heathrow which the Home
Office uses to accommodate asylum seekers.
NSL Learnt, the place where the asylum seeker’s body was found is now a crime
scene. Fellow asylum seekers at the hotel staged a protest there hours after his body
was discovered, holding signs saying “refugee lives matter” and “he is neglected to
death”. A Metropolitan police spokesperson said: ‘Shortly before 1 is on Sunday, 18
July police were notified by the London ambulance service about reports of a person
deceased at an address on Stockley Road, West Drayton.
‘Officers and paramedics attended and a man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the
scene. The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious and steps are being taken
to inform his next of kin.’ According to the Guardian, the man had crossed the
Channel from Calais, where he had lived under a bridge for several months.
He had arrived in the UK four months ago and claimed asylum. He was being
accommodated in the hotel while the Home Office reviewed his request, it is
understood. The Home Office has used the £100-a-night Crowne Plaza to
accommodate asylum seekers for at least a year.
An 8ft fence was erected around the perimeter of the Crowne Plaza last summer.
Each room has a double bed, an en-suite bathroom and a flatscreen TV. Staff leave
three basic meals outside rooms each day while dining areas and leisure facilities are
closed. Housekeepers clean the rooms once a week.