EXPOSE PENNINE HOUSE: SHORT TERM HOLDING DETENTION CENTRE AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT
Pennine House, a short term detention facility beside Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport detains up to 32 people - refugees whose claims for asylum have been failed by the Home Office - for up to seven days until they are deported or transferred to another centre.
On 26th July 2013, Tahir Mahmood, a 43 year old man from Pakistan man, died in Pennine House. Mr Mahmood’s is the first death in a short term facility.
Currently, Pennine House at Manchester Airport is being run by Tascor, the "largest private sector provider of secure immigration detainee escorting". They are working without any published rules because the Home Office keeps postponing the publication of a set of rules about what the minimum provisions in short term detention should be.
Currently Manchester Airports Group plc, is the holding company which is, in turn, owned by the ten Metropolitan Borough Councils of Greater Manchester:
Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport,Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, and the cities of Manchester and Salford.
We, the undersigned, call upon every Local Authority in the Greater Manchester area to:
o Tell the Home Office to publish their short term facility rules with immediate effect.
o Publicly commit to doing everything in their power to ensure that the official account is completely transparent and accountable about how and why Tahir Mahmood died at Pennine House.