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Plans drawn up for immigration centres

Planning applications are being prepared for two new major immigration detention centres in Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire.

The UK Border Agency, which is tasked with dealing with removal of people guilty of immigration offences and failed asylum seekers, said today that it will look to submit applications for a 400 place extension to existing Yarl’s Wood facilities in Bedfordshire and a new 800 place unit at Bicester in Oxfordshire within the coming months.

If given planning approval the Yarl’s Wood scheme is expected to be completed by 2010, with the Bicester project following in 2012.