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Rape suspect who ‘attacked a woman in a London hotel’ is bailed to live in a migrant camp

A channel migrant has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman weeks after arriving in Britain aboard a small boat.

The alleged sex attack took place at a hotel in London where the man was living at taxpayers’ expense.

The suspect, who is said to be from Sudan, was arrested by police on November 8 and later released on bail.

A channel migrant has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman weeks after arriving in Britain aboard a small boat (pictured: Migrants arriving at Napier Barracks)

A channel migrant has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman weeks after arriving in Britain aboard a small boat (pictured: Migrants arriving at Napier Barracks) 

After his release, he was sent to live at the former Napier Barracks near Folkestone, Kent, which has been converted to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers.

In a separate incident, another migrant housed at the barracks has been arrested for alleged sexual harassment of a female charity worker.

The 30-year-old was arrested this week over claims that he sent explicit messages and images to the victim. 

He has been allowed out on bail and is still living at the camp.

A source at the former Army base said it ‘beggared belief’ that the two migrants were there on bail.

After his release, he was sent to live at the former Napier Barracks near Folkestone, Kent, (pictured) which has been converted to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers

After his release, he was sent to live at the former Napier Barracks near Folkestone, Kent, (pictured) which has been converted to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers 

The source added: ‘The Sudanese man has entered the country illegally and now been accused of an incredibly serious crime.

‘He should be in custody until the matter is resolved. Instead he’s living in quite a comfortable base where people can come and go, just by signing in and out.’

The source said of the sexual harassment allegation: ‘Everyone is really shocked that he was apparently targeting a charity worker. But again, he has been sent back rather than being held, which seems very risky.

‘There is nothing to stop these two making a run for it and never being found.’

The accusations will reignite concerns that migrants are able to enter the UK without border officials being able to make adequate checks on their criminal records. 

Many migrants are told by people traffickers to lie about their names, nationalities and ages to increase the chances of making a successful asylum claim.

The accusations will reignite concerns that migrants are able to enter the UK without border officials being able to make adequate checks on their criminal records (pictured: Border Force bringing migrants to shore)

The accusations will reignite concerns that migrants are able to enter the UK without border officials being able to make adequate checks on their criminal records (pictured: Border Force bringing migrants to shore) 

Last week MPs were told that some migrants have mutilated themselves to disguise their fingerprints, so they cannot be cross-referenced on a European Union biometrics database that logs previous asylum claims in other countries.

A protest broke out at the base last week with detainees chanting ‘freedom’ and complaining about cramped conditions.

Rooms at the centre are fitted with flat-screen TVs and an on-site canteen serves up three meals a day. Computer game consoles are available to migrants and they also have access to a gym.

It is understood migrants are given pay-as-you-go mobiles, loaded with free credit, as well as

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Can’t travel? Denver staycation likened to ‘summer camp for adults’

DENVER (KDVR) – A lot of us are desperate for a vacation after being stuck at home for months during the pandemic. But if it’s a change of scenery you’re after, you might not have to leave town. You could visit a new Denver hotel that bills itself as a “summer camp for adults.” Some rooms have as many as eight built-in bunkbeds.

“Yes, we do have the traditional king bed in a room, but we also range from a king plus two bunks all the way to eight custom built bunk beds in one room,” said Oren Cohen, general manager of Life House Lower Highlands, a new boutique hotel opened on Denver’s north side.

The hotel wasn’t designed with the pandemic in mind, but the people who run it say it might be a good place to take a socially distanced break from it all.

“People are just tired of being pent up in their homes,” Cohen said.

Oren Cohen, General Manager of Life House Lower Highlands, stands in a new hotel room filled with six oversized bunk beds. The hotel plans to challenge Denver’s short-term rental market by offering rooms that can sleep as many as eight people.

Opened just days ago, the hotel was actually designed to compete with Denver’s short-term rental market, like VRBO and Airbnb. If a group plans to visit Denver for a Broncos game or a concert at Red Rocks, the whole group could stay together in the same room, saving money. Cohen says rates, which start at under $150, are a bargain compared to many short-term rentals, especially when you factor in cleaning surcharges that are often tacked on to short-term rental stays.

“Just hanging out with your buds, just glamping up in a room, and staycating like a rock star,” Cohen said.

And unlike those short-term rentals, you don’t have to cook for yourself. Wild Flower, the high-end restaurant downstairs, with a New York-trained chef, will do it for you.

“A traveler (who) visits Life House and Wild Flower, or even a local that lives two blocks away, is expecting to have the flavors of their home, and have it be unique to Colorado, and I think that’s what we’re providing,” said William Harris, executive chef at Wild Flower.

Part of a boutique chain with hotels in places like Miami and Nantucket, Life House is looking forward to an influx of out-of-state travelers once the pandemic wanes. But that won’t happen overnight. A new survey from the American Hotel and Lodging Association shows that 72% of Americans are unlikely to travel for Thanksgiving, and 69% are unlikely to travel for Christmas. And only about three in ten (32%) of those surveyed had taken an overnight vacation or leisure trip since March.

“Exciting, challenging, but at the same time these all create opportunities,” said Cohen.

That’s why, in the meantime, this newest entry into the Colorado hotel industry – and others like it – want you to know, if you’re looking to

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How to Camp and Recreate Safely During Wildfire Season

Wildland fires are nothing new, but their current impact is dramatic. So far, in 2020, about 8.5 million acres have burned across the U.S. The financial toll is mind-boggling. In 2018, estimates of wildfire damage were about $18 billion. So far this year, nearly 33,000 people have been involved in fighting wildfires and 12 are dead—not including civilians. Most of these fires were preventable; approximately 87 percent of wildfires are caused by people. Responsible recreation during wildfire season can make a difference.

The vast majority of small fires are put out. But strong winds and critically dry fuels can turn a spark or neglected campfire into a “megafire,” which can have an extraordinary impact on local populations and the environment. Not only are forests and grasslands scorched, people lose homes, businesses and, tragically, their lives. Forest closures and hazardous air conditions devastate local economies. Fuels and forests have built up in the absence of natural wildfires over the past century, leading to a contagious tinderbox in many forestlands. Warmer, drier summers and increased human-caused ignitions have dramatically increased the length of the average fire season.

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A cyclist pauses to take a photograph as police officers direct motorists at a roadblock as nearby residents evacuate an Oct 17, 2020 wildland fire races through the mountains near Boulder, CO. David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock / Shutterstock

Susan Prichard, fire ecologist at University of Washington, says that the balance of human- versus lightning-started fires varies from place to place, year to year. But it’s important to understand that since most camping takes place at the height of fire season, fire irresponsibility coincides with wind and dry forests. “Even though it seems like the West is burning up (historically, there have always been wildfires), there are still many places under a fire deficit,” explains Prichard. “There will always be fire danger, and, while we’re very good at extinguishing them in this country (97 to 98 percent of fire starts are put out, it’s only 2-3 percent that get away), any fire, even a small one, has the potential to explode.”

Oddly enough, there’s evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic is fueling this season’s devastating blazes. Stacy Corless, Supervisor for Mono County, CA, reports that this summer, “our forests (like most others throughout the West, maybe the nation) saw big increases in visitation.” With many visitors new to camping and the outdoors, there was a likely gap in terms of understanding and following rules. “We saw some bad behavior—illegal campfires and camping, trash left behind, and lots of crowds,” Corless notes, “There seemed to be little awareness of wildfire danger, or the impact on the land.”

“Due to COVID, we’re seeing a lot of people on public lands this year that don’t typically camp or hike,” adds Tina Boehle, information officer for NIFC (National Interagency Fire Center). “It’s a great opportunity for education and we hope people fall in love with their public lands, use them responsibly and protect them for future generations. Before heading out, take the

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