Teenager allegedly raped at hotel housing asylum seekers in east London

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A teenage boy has been allegedly raped at a hotel for asylum seekers in east London.

The Metropolitan Police said a 30-year-old man was arrested from the scene and is now in custody.

A child under the age of 13 has also been allegedly sexually assaulted at the same site in Walthamstow.

The report comes as Home Secretary Suella Braverman visited Dover amid criticism over overcrowding at the Manston Immigration Center.

The site has nearly tripled to its capacity as the Home Office failed to relocate asylum seekers to hotel accommodation.

However, fresh concerns about hotel security arose after police confirmed they were investigating two incidents of sexual assault at an east London hotel.

On top of the allegation of rape, police officers are investigating a separate incident of alleged sexual assault of a girl child.

A woman holds a sign during a call for the closure of the Manston Immigration Processing Center

A man under the age of 17 has been charged with having sex with a child under the age of 13, police said.

He was granted bail by the court to appear at Stratford Magistrates’ Court on 9 November. The allegation pertains to an incident that took place at the hotel in September.

Police said that expert officers are assisting the victim.

Officers were called to the same hotel in Waltham Forest in October to report the rape.

The force said in a statement: “Officers attended and spoke to the victim, a boy in his teens, and his family. Expert assistance is being provided.”

The 30-year-old man, who was arrested at the scene, has been granted bail to return on a date in early January next year.

The hotel accommodates about 150 children along with 250 adults, Guardian informed of.

Waltham Forest Council leader Grace Williams said that “two very serious sexual assaults against children show that these hotels are not safe places for young people”.

She further said: “We have written to the Home Secretary asking him to take immediate action to prevent further damage.

“These are vulnerable kids who are often driven thousands of miles into cramped hotels for months without adequate support.”

She said councils are doing everything they can to protect these people, “with little or no warning of the large numbers of asylum seekers in their areas”.

Counselor Williams has written to Ms Braverman to express her “major concern” over the “lack of security” at the hotel.

She said that after meeting with Home Office officials, she was “not assured that the hotel has a security plan in place to protect children and vulnerable adults”.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, warned this week that the government needed to take immediate action to address the “unacceptable crisis” of asylum seekers in hotels.

Labor MP Stella Creasy voiced her fears in the House of Commons on Monday about the east London residence at the center of allegations that eight people were crushed to death in a room in the housing block.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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