Police are “making enquiries” after receiving a flood of complaints over a video showing a group of anti-immigration activists knocking on doors in a hotel and trying to speak to asylum seekers.
The seven-minute clip, filmed at the Daresbury Park Hotel on Halton’s outskirts and posted on YouTube prompted outrage on social media and a string of messages to Cheshire Constabulary asking it to investigate.
During the video, a group of activists knock on doors and ask the people staying in the rooms questions such as where they are from and how long they have been there.
It also features a banner with the slogan “close down migrant hotels”.
A woman in a nationalist group-branded hoodie, who speaks to camera for the group searching the hotel for much of the clip, claims they have the “right” to find out how taxpayers’ cash is spent.
People staying at the hotel tell them they are from countries including Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Sudan and Pakistan, and the rooms’ occupants include women and children.
The nationalist group do not appear to be wearing face masks or socially distancing.
Some of those condemning the video branded it harassment or intimidation.
The Independent has reported in the last hour the Government has now offered hotels housing asylum seekers extra security and barriers following a series of similar incidents at hotels around the country.
Warrington police received a string of complaints about the Daresbury Park Hotel clip, asking them to investigate.
Daresbury, which is part of the Halton local authority area, falls under the remit of Runcorn police, which retweeted a general statement from the Cheshire headquarters account.
Around 200 asylum seekers are believed to be staying at the hotel, their stay is funded by the Home Office and seeking asylum in another country is legal.
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Cheshire police tweeted: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media relating to an incident at a hotel in Daresbury on Tuesday 25 August.
“Officers attended the premises and on arrival the group had left the site – no complaints were made by anyone present at the hotel.
“Enquiries are ongoing.”