The controversial asylum-seeker barge, the Bibby Stockholm

While negotiating its first barge for asylum-seekers, the government dithered for so long that two other barges, both preferred options, slipped through their fingers.

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A sad asylum-seeker looks out to sea

An FOI request has revealed that although Dorset Council knew there was Legionella on board the barge on Monday 7 August, at no point did its officials require that the residents be removed.

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The Bibby Stockholm under tow

If the Bibby Stockholm is NOT a vessel, this throws into doubt which regulations – maritime or land-based – should be applied to ensure health & safety on board. And it’s not working, because the barge patently isn’t safe.

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