The Home Office spent £39,000 of taxpayers’ money on Domino’s pizzas for hungry canal migrants
- Officials spent over £38,000 in taxpayers’ money at a Domino’s branch near Dover
- Employees at the now-closed Tug Haven detention center used government credit cards
- The huge purchases of pizza with popular toppings were made over five months
Officials spent more than £38,000 in cash from taxpayers at a Domino’s branch to buy pizza for migrants last year, new figures show.
Border workers at Dover’s now-closed Tug Haven detention center used government credit cards to pay for meals in just five months last year.
On one occasion last July, the home office‘s Clandestine Operational Response Team bought 200 at a time after loading the pizza boxes into a van and taking them to the migrants.
Employees at the Domino’s branch said they were “blown off their feet” every time migrants arrived The sun.
On one occasion last July, the Home Office’s Clandestine Operational Response Team bought 200 at a time after stowing the pizza boxes in a van and taking them to migrants
Officials reportedly bought 3,900 of the chain’s £9.99 medium-sized pizzas with a variety of toppings, including popular options like Texas BBQ or Veggie Supreme.
Shopping ground to a halt in December last year when a catering company took over.
Last year around 28,526 people crossed the English Channel in small boats. This year alone, more than 14,000 have embarked on the dangerous journey.
Government figures have confirmed that 173 migrants arrived in four small boats on Thursday (July 14). This brings the total number of arrivals to 14,330 so far this year.
More than 100 migrants arrived on Wednesday, while 259 reached the UK in six boats on Tuesday.
Border Force officials also intercepted 442 migrants in 15 incidents on Monday – the highest number in almost a month, despite a Europe-wide crackdown on people smugglers and warnings that migrants could find new homes in Rwanda in central Africa.
The new crossings come after Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin warned that the UK government’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda may have led to a surge in applications for international protection in the republic.
Officials spent more than £38,000 of taxpayers’ money at a Domino’s to buy pizza for migrants
Officials would reportedly buy 3,900 of the chain’s medium-sized pizzas for £9.99
The government has reportedly put fresh attempts to launch the first deportation flight to the East African nation on hold until the Conservative Party elects a new prime minister, fearing it could spark too much controversy during the leadership race. The plane was grounded in June amid legal challenges.
Alp Mehmet, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, an organization representing British immigration concerns, told The Sun: “The fact that the border forces have to resort to fast food stands is symptomatic of the large number of arrivals.
“It suggests that the influx of dinghy migrants needs to be stemmed.”
MailOnline has reached out to the Home Office for comment.