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)
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
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)
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