Lyndon got in touch with BID the day after 9 enforcement officials raided his home on 6 February. Despite being cleared to work with Royal Family, having no criminal record and a British child, Lyndon was taken to Harmondsworth immigration removal centre where he was detained for 9 days. 

BID Director Celia Clarke commented on the case:

“This case encapsulates the degree to which detention is used as a default option and not as a last resort” 

“The decision to detain was not accidental, it was not random, it required planning. How anyone could think that a proportionate response to someone whose permission to be in the UK the Home Office was seeking to revoke, who had a British child and no criminal conviction, was for nine officers to bang down his door and forcibly imprison him, is unfathomable. Yet again we see routine cruelty and callousness being played out through immigration enforcement.”

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