Search

Court threat over controversial ‘go home’ van

07:00 07 August 2013

The van being used as part of the Home Office project

The van being used as part of the Home Office project

Archant

The Government is being taken to court by a client of a leading refugee charity after its ‘go home’ immigration campaign caused outrage last week.

A van with the slogan ‘go home or face arrest’ was driven around Barking and Dagenham as part of a pilot to encourage illegal immigrants to voluntarily leave the UK.

But the Home Office scheme drew huge criticism from groups of all political sides.

Rita Chadha, chief executive of the Refugge and Migrant Forum of East London, which works within the borough, said one of their clients had issued a ‘letter before claim’, which gives the Government notice that it is being taken to court.

The Home Office’s controversial tactics to tackle illegal immigration are to be investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to assess whether unlawful discrimination took place.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

08:46
Have you seen Adenike-Omolara Akinpetide?

An urgent police search has begun for a 24-year-old woman missing since Saturday morning.

12:32
(L-R) June Shambrook & Mary Frankland from the Chadwell Heath Townswomens' Guild which is closing after 72 years (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

From 145 members to just 14, Anna Silverman talks to June Shambrook and Mary Frankland about the rise of the Townswomen in the 20th century and the demise of Chadwell Heath’s Guild.

Yesterday, 18:00
Awards being handed out at the Box Up Crime awards at the Ripple Road Centre, Barking (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Hundreds of people turned out at Barking’s Ripple Road Centre to see a group of inspiring youngsters given awards.

Yesterday, 07:00
Sydney Russell students and staff with a sign showing their total

Big-hearted students and staff at Dagenham’s Sydney Russell School raised a cracking £1,600 for a children’s hospice – just in time for Christmas.

Most read news

Crisis averted! But not until after an animal rescue officer was called in to investigate.

Now experts have been called in to help it get back to water.

From the Earth’s elliptical orbit to the scheduling of Christmas, the winter solstice is as scientifically complex as it is culturally significant.

The introduction of the Genomic Medicine Centres is seen a a genetic revolution in the NHS, but why?

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Barking and Dagenham Post e-edition today E-edition