Migrants being moved off barge over bacteria fears
Migrants are being temporarily removed from the Bibby Stockholm barge after traces of Legionella bacteria were found in the water.
The BBC understands that routine testing was done before migrants moved on to the vessel, moored in Dorset.
But test results showing traces of the bacteria came back only after migrants had moved to the barge.
Legionella is the bacteria that can cause Legionnaires disease - a type of pneumonia.
The BBC has been told that while migrants have used the water supply on board, none have so far showed symptoms, but have been removed from the barge as a precaution.
Another test has also been done since, and it is expected that migrants will be moved back on if and when the water supply is all clear of the bacteria.
The BBC understands the UK Health and Security Agency has recommended further testing of the water supply.
Government sources have said they are complying with the UKHSA guidance and have gone "above and beyond" what has been recommended by removing people from the barge temporarily.
The Home Office has been asked to comment.
To be fair to Wanderlust, I laughed at him and the absurdity of his suggestion to bringing back prison ships last used in Charles Dickens's time - Magwitch escaped from one in Great Expectations - the 1946 film with John Mills is one of the best film I've ever seen, even to this day - just goes to show the desperation of the government to be seen to be doing something, anything, no matter how desperate, to be seen to be on top of the problem.
Clearly they aren't.
They must have asked Wanderlust for some business advice no doubt!