Priti Patel suggests fire at Kent asylum seeker site started deliberately

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Home secretary under pressure to shut Napier barracks site as images show smoke billowing from blocks

The home secretary, Priti Patel, has suggested that a fire at a former military barracks used to house asylum seekers was set deliberately as she comes under mounting pressure to shut the site.

Images posted online showed thick smoke billowing from one of the blocks at Napier barracks near Folkestone. The facility has the capacity to hold 400 people but in recent days some have been transferred to hotels after a Covid-19 outbreak.

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