A “suspicious substance” has been discovered at the constituency office of immigration minister Caroline Nokes, who has made headlines this week due to the Windrush crisis. An address in the UK town of Romsey has been evacuated.
Photos shared on social media show the emergency services lined up outside of the Romsey Conservative Club. Romsey Town Council confirmed that an incident was taking place involving all “blue light services.”
Hampshire Police confirmed that an address in Romsey has been evacuated after the discovery of the substance.
“We have been called to Market Place, Romsey, following the discovery of a suspicious substance,” Hampshire Police said. “Officers are currently at the scene with colleagues from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service to deal with this incident. An address has been evacuated as a precaution.”
Members of the public took to Twitter to share photos of the incident.
Nokes has been in the news in recent days over the Windrush crisis involving immigrants who relocated from the Caribbean to the UK following World War II, at a time when documentation was less rigid. Some have lost jobs, been denied NHS support, and even have been deported as they cannot prove that they are legitimately in the UK, although they relocated legally at the time.
My parents came here as citizens, now the #windrush generation are suffering inhumane treatment at the hands of the Home Office. If you lay down with dogs, you get fleas!
This is a day of national shame: the PM and Home Sec must apologise! pic.twitter.com/gxqoSErU3o— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 16, 2018
On Monday, Nokes seemed to suggest that some of those who arrived in the UK decades ago as children may already have been deported in error. Home Secretary Amber Rudd was quizzed in the Commons about the potential deportations, however she told MPs she was not aware of any specific cases.
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