£6,000 Domino’s Pizza bill to feed Illegal Immigrants arriving at Dover
The Home Office have spent thousands of pounds on pizzas to feed criminals who had just illegally crossed the Channel, figures show.
In just one month, well over £6000 of British taxpayers money was used to order takeaways for 'migrants' who illegally entered Britain.
Hundreds of pizzas were bought from the Dover branch of Domino's Pizza in Pencester Road in July.
This is according to analysis of the government department’s spending by the PA news agency.
A disclosure log for Home Office procurement card transactions costing more than £500 for the four-week period contained five separate entries from UK Immigration Enforcement for such food orders, totalling £6,757.52 for July.
The takeaways were provided while asylum seekers were at Tug Haven in the Western Docks – a short-term holding facility after they are first taken from the beach or sea.
The most expensive entry, £1,824, said: “This was an urgent need to feed a large number of migrants that had been on the Tug Haven compound in Dover for over 12 hours, and were likely to stay over 24 hours due to issues blocking their movement with resources and the IRC (immigration removal centre) estate.”
An entry for £1,789 said: “Purchased by Clandestine Operational Response Team (Cort) for use at Tug Haven where we have migrants arriving on small boats. Due to the high number of migrants arriving and the length of time they had not eaten, it was agreed to purchase 200 pizzas.”
Three other Domino’s Pizza entries – for £1,274.25, £1,000 and £870.27 – were listed as “hot food for migrants who had to stay overnight at Tug Haven.”
Neither the dates the purchases were made, nor the total number of pizzas bought, are disclosed in the documents and the Home Office said it could not provide the information.
Staff at the Domino’s branch said they could not discuss the matter.
The orders came in a month when at least 3,510 asylum seekers arrived in the UK after making the crossing from France, according to Home Office figures.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are committed to delivering the best value for money for the British taxpayer. We ensure all spending is carefully scrutinised to make sure that every pound of taxpayers’ money is spent in the most effective way.”
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