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Penally migrant centre security staff ‘walk-out’ sparks further concerns in the Village

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The Tenby Observer has reported concerns have been raised in the community of Penally after security staff at the Asylum Seekers Accommodation Centre reportedly walking out on Tuesday night (November 17th) to stage a mini-protest in demonstration saying they had not been paid by their employers in recent weeks.

The security staff alleged they had not received any wages from their employers at the firm ‘AK Security’, the staff got together and started a small protest refusing to work, standing outside the gates for a period of time on Tuesday night.

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One eyewitness told the Tenby Observer police officers were on hand monitoring the situation.

This is just the latest controversy to mar security company tasked with looking after the safety of the service users, Last month, police and paramedics attended the camp one afternoon to tend to an incident where a member of the public was allegedly assaulted outside the site after an altercation with a member of the security staff. The injured 55-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment.

At the time of the incident, Dyfed-Powys Police stated that an investigation was taking place into the circumstances around the ‘allegation of assault outside Penally Asylum Accommodation Centre’ on October 8th.

Security staff at the site have also required police assistance on more than one occasion to deal with incidents taking place inside the camp.

On the evening of Tuesday, November 10, a disturbance was reported at the Penally Asylum Accommodation Centre, with police officers attending and five males arrested for minor assaults.

Two men were also arrested after a disturbance within the facility on October 20, with one eye witness residing nearby describing a ‘mass brawl’ breaking out amongst asylum seekers, which required a large police presence at the facility, with over a dozen police vehicles in attendance.

A 22-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of affray, and a 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault, would ‘not be returning to the Penally site’ a police spokesperson said following the incident.

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