Manston asylum centre now empty after weeks of controversy

Apparent vacating of Home Office site follows series of concerns including over outbreak of diphtheria

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Manston asylum centre, the troubled Home Office site in Kent where people arriving in the UK in small boats are taken for initial checks, is understood to be completely empty, the Guardian has learned.

Just a few weeks ago about 4,000 arrivals were placed there by the Home Office, almost three times the maximum 1,600 capacity of the tented site in Ramsgate.

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