Cruise ships for 1,000 asylum seekers ‘sent back’ after plans fall through
The Bibby Stockholm arrived more than a month late in Dorset (Image: PA)
Cruise ships that were meant to house more than 1,000 asylum seekers have been sent back to their owners, after they were unable to find anywhere to dock.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last month announced that the Government had acquired the two new vessels as part of an attempt to reduce pressure on local communities and cut down on hotel bills.
But the ships, which were acquired in addition to the Bibby Stockholm barge, had to be sent home after failing to find anywhere to dock, a senior source told Sky News.
One of the ships was initially planned to be housed near Liverpool, but this was scrapped after the port operator refused docking.
One of the boats is also understood to have been refused docking near Edinburgh.
The Bibby Stockholm arrived in Dorset today, more than a month late.
It is expected to house more than 500 asylum seekers, arriving later this month.
MORE TO FOLLOW…
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info