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Man discovered dead in hotel weeks after crossing English Channel

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Original article from Kent Live

An asylum seeker has been found dead at a hotel just weeks after reportedly crossing the English Channel from Calais.

The man, believed to be 24 and from war-torn Sudan, was found dead just before 1am on Sunday (July 18).

He was staying at the Crowne Plaza hotel, West Drayton, near Heathrow Airport.

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Around 400 people are said to be currently housed there, including many of those who have arrived after perilous journeys by small boat across the English Channel.

The 24-year-old was one of those, according to reports.

The man had apparently crossed the Channel from Calais, where he had lived under a bridge for several months.

He had arrived in the UK four months ago and claimed asylum.

He was being accommodated in the hotel while the Home Office reviewed his request, it is understood.

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A Home Office spokesperson told the Daily Mail: "We are truly saddened to hear of the death of an individual in asylum accommodation. The health and wellbeing of asylum seekers will always be our priority.

"We are working closely with a range of organisations to ensure immediate support and assistance is provided to people living in the accommodation who have been affected by this tragic death and await further information from the Metropolitan police as to the findings of their ongoing investigation."

A Metropolitan police spokesperson told them: "Shortly before 1am on Sunday, 18 July police were notified by the London ambulance service about reports of a person deceased at an address on Stockley Road, West Drayton.

"Officers and paramedics attended and a man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The man's death is not being treated as suspicious and steps are being taken to inform his next of kin."

In December, the Guardian revealed how twenty-nine asylum seekers had died in Home Office accommodation over the previous 12 months.

The figure is five times as many as those who lost their lives crossing the Channel over the same period.

More than 7,400 people have made the dangerous Channel crossing by small boat so far this year, according to official figures.

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