Morton Hall

Live Q and A with Dave, detained in Morton Hall

This week Unlocking Detention has been ‘visiting’ Morton Hall in Lincolnshire. On Friday afternoon, Ben from Detention Action conducted a live Twitter Q&A with Dave, who's been detained for nearly two years altogether. You can recap the whole interview below: [...]

2019-04-30T12:37:56+01:00 November 4th, 2016|

“They want us to imprison and deport ourselves”

This post was written for Unlocking Detention by Stuart Crosthwaite, Secretary of the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG),  with thanks to the refugees and asylum seekers quoted here (some names changed) and to John Grayson whose 'academic activism' contributed to this article.  This post was published as our partner Justice Gap's #Unlocked15 article of the week. The first [...]

2019-05-07T13:15:29+01:00 November 30th, 2015|

Unlocking Detention: Morton Hall week

This week it was the turn of Morton Hall to be visited by the virtual Unlocking Detention tour. Morton Hall was built as an RAF base, then served a low security prison.  It was re-opened, with more security, as a detention centre. People are locked in their cells from 8pm and 8am, and at further times throughout the [...]

2019-05-21T09:02:55+01:00 October 23rd, 2015|

Morton Hall: Michael and Holly’s story

Image courtesy of Freed Voices To mark the Unlocking Detention tour's visit to Morton Hall IRC this week, this Q and A features Michael, a member of the Freed Voices group, and his partner Holly, reflecting on the two years he was detained at Morton Hall in Lincolnshire, and the impact it had on them and their relationship. Michael and Holly decided [...]

2019-05-28T10:47:11+01:00 October 23rd, 2015|

When an individual is detained everyone is affected

Image courtesy of Michael Collins This blog post is written by Gemma Pillay, from Nottingham.  She works for the Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum.  On Sunday 28th June 2015 I received a text from my friend Imran: Hello gemma its Imran here I went to loughborouh for sign and they detained me can you help me please? He had been detained the [...]

2019-05-28T10:43:58+01:00 October 6th, 2015|

Morton Hall week…

19 to 25 Oct - the Unlocking Detention team looks back on the week they visited Morton Hall detention centre, in deep Lincolnshire. Until recently, Morton Hall detention centre was the latest addition to the ever growing immigration detention estate.  Buried deep inside Lincolnshire, we knew that it was pretty isolated.   Looking at the map, however, it still astonished us to [...]

2019-05-27T16:07:20+01:00 November 3rd, 2014|

Reporting Morton Hall: The media “myth”

Bridget Walker is an active member of the Detention Forum and works with a number of NGOs. She shares her personal reflection on the way the media keeps the myth of "dangerous foreigners" alive. ‘The death was used as an excuse for unrest’  [1] In September 2014 a man died in Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre.  His name was Rubel Ahmed, he [...]

2019-05-27T16:42:45+01:00 October 21st, 2014|

Voices from Morton Hall

Image courtesy of Michael Collins In this blog post, two people currently detained in Morton Hall detention centre tell Leeds No Borders about their experiences. ''From 8pm til 8am we are locked up ... Phone signal is really bad so no one can get in touch. Even outside the signal is poor. If something is wrong in the night, no guards ever [...]

2019-05-28T10:32:39+01:00 October 20th, 2014|

“This is mental torture after prison and no respect for humanity”

Image courtesy of Anna Draper This post was written by the Morton Hall Detainee Visitor Group (MHDVG).  The quotations included in the post are from people currently detained in Morton Hall, who have spoken with MHDVG for this piece. Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre is in Swinderby, Lincolnshire, and is currently one of the UK's largest detention centres, holding up to 392 [...]

2019-05-28T10:36:29+01:00 October 19th, 2014|
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