Illegal immigrants awaiting deportation at a detention centre are to be offered a “culturally diverse” menu after inspectors ruled that prison staff must cater for their tastes. The 575 male inmates at Verne Immigration Removal Centre, in Portland, Dorset hail from 84 different countries, meaning that a vastly broader menu now has to be drawn up.

About half of the inmates are convicted criminals, and all are awaiting deportation back to their country of origin, the Express has reported. But despite their illegal status, the men have rejected the standard prison fare of fish and chips or shepherd’s pie, insisting that prison staff serve ethnic foods instead, at the taxpayers expense, according to the Express.

Prison inspectors have now agreed, insisting that a new “world menu” be created.

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