Father Christmas turned away from asylum centre over security concerns
December 13, 2009 7:00 AM   Subscribe

Police were called in Police were called in to prevent a clergyman dressed as Father Christmas from delivering presents to children at a UK asylum centre due to fears he posed a security threat.
posted by Paul Slade (8 comments total)

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posted by nathancaswell at 7:11 AM on December 13, 2009

So, they didn't have permission to enter a secure facility, so they were denied entrance?

Saying they were clergy bringing gifts is not an automatic pass through a checkpoint.
posted by HuronBob at 7:16 AM on December 13, 2009 [2 favorites]

Looks like some administrators will get coal in their stockings this year. And, when they burn it, the carbon they release will hasten the damage to the environment, making administrators everywhere less comfortable. Father Christmas evidently believes in the long-term and rather scattershot approach to punishing bad children....
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:16 AM on December 13, 2009

Once, about this time of year... I woke up in the middle of the night to noise on the roof. I grabbed the .45 I keep under the bed and went into the living room. I could see jackbooted feet coming down the chimney..

That son of a bitch is walking with a hell of a limp now, and he hasn't been back!
posted by HuronBob at 7:18 AM on December 13, 2009

Huronbob, read the link.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 7:22 AM on December 13, 2009

"Keep Calm and Carry On"?
posted by ardgedee at 7:23 AM on December 13, 2009

Santa in this case is an Anglican bishop coincidentally named Nick. His organisation wrote to the Home Office & UK Border Agency in advance to ask for age details so they could buy age appropriate gifts. They got no response. They also wrote to the detention centre - a place condemned by MPs as damaging to childrens mental & emotional health - saying they wanted to come & do a nice thing. No response.

They did the right thing, and some of the video here shows the private security guards saying 'gett offa my land'.

Truly, a proud moment in UK history.
posted by dash_slot- at 7:28 AM on December 13, 2009

For those who have difficulty reading an entire news item, it was a pre-arranged visit. By "pre-arranged visit" presumably the reporter means the visit was the result of an arrangement by those who manage the institution and those who did the visiting.
posted by ardgedee at 7:30 AM on December 13, 2009

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