Deportation flight to Jamaica departs without 37 of the 50 passengers due to fly

 Deportation flight to Jamaica departs without 37 of the 50 passengers due to fly

A deportation flight has left the UK for Jamaica carrying a quarter of the passengers who were due to leave the country.

The Home Office said 13 people were on the scheduled flight which was originally due to carry 50 passengers.

The 13 had combined jail terms of more than 100 years, including three convicted of murder, another of manslaughter, while others had been sentenced for crimes like grooming, drug dealing, burglary and robbery, it said.

A number of last-minute legal challenges were launched by campaign groups and human rights lawyers which meant many of the 50 passengers did not board the plane.

Some Jamaican nationals who had been due to be on the aircraft are said to have been granted a legal reprieve after the Home Office reportedly acknowledged they may be victims of modern slavery.

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