Illegal immigrants have injured five officers during a riot at a detention centre, according to border officials.

Up to 40 detainees were involved in the incident at Morton Hall immigration removal centre in Swinderby, Lincolnshire, as a result of which one detainee was taken to hospital and 12 others were transferred to other centres.

A UK Border Agency (UKBA) spokesman said: “All our immigration removal centres are overseen by an independent monitoring board.

“Morton Hall is a safe place for detainees and staff. We will not tolerate any behaviour which might put anyone at risk of harm.”

Staff were injured in disturbances on 30 December, the UKBA said, while up to 50 detainees were also involved in a protest on Christmas Day, in which no one was injured.

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