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Refugees In Unfit Homes, Says Group

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The Journal (Newcastle, UK)

BYLINE: Sam Wood

REFUGEES and asylum seekers from some of the world’s most notorious troublespots are being exploited once they reach the North East, campaigners say. Tyneside Community Action for Refugees protested outside the Westgate Road, Newcastle, offices of housing provider Angel Group yesterday morning. TCAR alleges Angel, which has a Home Office contract to house asylum seekers, has placed them in substandard accommodation. Angel strongly denies that. Tom Vickers, 26, a TCAR member at the demonstration, said: “The protest was about putting forward a basic list of demands to call on Angel Group to treat asylum seekers like human beings. Angel group makes millions from its Home Office contracts, but they’re housing asylum seekers in accommodation that isn’t fit for an animal. Areas of Scotswood that have been boarded up and scheduled for demolition have been opened up by Angel Group to house asylum seekers. Most of it has been boarded up for years and is infested with rats and cockroaches. Other Angel Group tenants have reported being kept for months without gas and electricity, and Angel Group employees routinely let themselves into people’s homes without any notice. “The fact that Angel Group has been allowed to get away with these practices around Britain for the past nine years shows the utter contempt in which the Labour government holds asylum seekers.” Angel Group commercial consultant Mervyn Clarke told The Journal: “The properties are maintained to a very high standard. It is a requirement of the Government. We inspect our properties on a regular basis, as do the Home Office. If there are any specific problems which residents have, then we will deal with them. “We have been housing people for 12 years and we are well aware of the sensitivities which are involved.” A Home Office spokeswoman said: “We are aware of a small demonstration that took place at the offices of one of our accommodation providers. While we respect the right to peaceful protest, it will not stop us from enforcing the immigration laws passed by Parliament.”

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April 29, 2008 at 4:21 am

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£4m Price Tag On Former Nurses’ Home

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BYLINE: Graeme King

The Sunday Times (London) April 27, 2008

LENGTH: 160 words

ONE of the most prominent buildings in the West End of Newcastle is on the market with offers sought at £4m. Angel Heights, formerly the Wingrove Nurses Home, has been marketed by the Angel Group, which has been using the building as a hostel for asylum seekers. The 57,100sqft, four floor building is being marketed by Lambert Smith Hampton with a range of uses mooted from student housing, through offices, and even a hotel. The striking building stands next to Westgate Road, close to Newcastle General Hospital, which is due for extensive redevelopment. Jonathan Cooper, of LSH, said: “From initial discussions with the council, they are fairly open minded on uses residential, key worker or student accommodation, hotel, or offices depending on the pur- chaser. “They want to see the building redeveloped. “Our client is seeking offers in excess of £4m. We have had quite a lot of inquiries and had two offers already but they have been rejected by the vendor.”

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April 27, 2008 at 4:26 am

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Julia Davey

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The Sunday Times (London)

April 27, 2008

Julia Davey

61 £ 131m Julia Davey Property Enterprising Davey, 51, has built Angel Group, which initially provided

accommodation for asylum seekers, into a company with developments in Britain and abroad, including Poland and America. It has hotels in Scotland and northern England, and is diversifying into student accommodation and wedding venues. The group, based in London, made a £ 679,000 profit on £ 20.7m sales in 2006-07 and is worth more than £100m. Other wealth takes Davey to £ 131m.

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April 27, 2008 at 4:23 am

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