Pontins holiday camps could be used to house refugees fleeing Taliban

Pontins holiday parks could reportedly be used to house Afghan refugees who have fled the Taliban.

It has been claimed the Government has looked at two of the company's six sites in England and Wales as potential refugee centres.

The company is keen to help hundreds of families arriving from Afghanistan, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Pontins has yet to officially comment.

The news comes as the UK continues to try and evacuate people from Afghanistan who are fleeing the Taliban.

Yesterday more than 100 people died when two suicide bombers blew themselves up at Kabul Airport and a hotel where the UK has been processing Britons and Afghans eligible to leave.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the emergency flights will continue despite the 'barbaric' terrorist attacks.

So far the UK has lifted more than 12,000 people to safety since the Taliban began taking over the country again, far more than the 5,000 the government initially vowed to evacuate.

However, there is a problem where to put them.

UK councils do not have enough empty homes and suggested temporary accommodation sites have included military barracks which were set to be pulled down.

Hotels have been used to house the first refugees who are not charged for their stay.

Recently, a five-year-old Afghan boy fell to his death from a ninth-floor room at a hotel in Sheffield where he had been staying with his mum.

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The situation is also complicated by the fact anyone landing from Afghanistan should have to isolate for ten days because of Covid rules.

The government has given local councils an additional £5m in funding to provide housing support the refugees.

Pontins has six holiday parks near Weston-Super-Mare, Camber Sands in East Sussex, Lowestoft in Suffolk, Southport, Kewstoke in Somerset, and Prestatyn in north Wales.

The Daily Star has approached the company for comment.

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