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Mass escape from detention centre

Ten escapees have been caught and 16 remain on the run
Police are looking for 14 asylum seekers who escaped from a detention centre after a fire was started there.
A total of 26 people broke out of Campsfield House, near Kidlington in Oxford, but 12 have been caught.

Officers in riot gear were brought in to deal with a disturbance at the centre on Saturday night, when a fire was lit in the building.

A helicopter, police dogs and a large number of officers are searching for the escapees.

Hunger strike

The trouble began a day after more than 150 detainees agreed to suspend a hunger strike they had been maintaining.

They complained to officials about overcrowded conditions and claimed they were being held illegally.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said that although 16 detainees were still missing, the situation was "fully under control".

Police had secured the centre, near Kidlington, to prevent other detainees escaping.

Rooftop protest

A Home Office spokesman also said "every effort" was being made to recapture those still at large.

He said: "The establishment itself suffered minor damage.

"Borders and Immigration Agency staff, prison service staff, police and GEO are working to ensure a speedy return to normality at Campsfield."

Campsfield was converted into an immigration detention centre in 1993 amid a storm of protest from local residents.

It is run by the American company GEO and holds up to 200 male asylum seekers at a time.

Within six months of opening, six asylum seekers escaped following a rooftop protest.
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