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Quarantine Hotel Guest On Hunger Strike After Filming Dash For Freedom

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Quarantine Hotel Guest On Hunger Strike After Filming Dash For Freedom

A father-of-one who is staying in one of the quarantine hotels has gone on hunger strike after trying to escape.

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Anthony Pium, from Leyton, East London, was led back inside the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel by Heathrow Airport staff after trying to flee. He's now been pictured standing at the window with a message on his laptop.

The 30-year-old wrote: "I have been held here against my will. They lost my suitcase. I have nothing. I have no essentials. I have told them I can't breathe. Police told me I can't leave without a doctor's exempt note.

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"Please sent legal help or something!! Thank you."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Mr Pium - who flew into Heathrow from São Paulo where he was working for travel agency, Sky Fly Travel - claims he was trying 'to get some fresh air' when he became caught up in a confrontation with security guards.

When he was forced back inside, he told MailOnline he was going on hunger strike, saying: "I've been held captive under duress. They're trying to serve me processed food which I don't eat.

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"Somebody cut up a chicken tikka salad which did not look like a chicken tikka salad and I refused to eat it. I am on hunger strike. I won't touch any of the food they give me. They have to let me out of here."

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Credit: PA

Along with many other travellers, Mr Pium has been held in the hotel after new rules came into place on Monday (15 February) which mean that people arriving in England must quarantine for 10 days in a hotel and they have to pay £1,750 for things such as accommodation, Covid-19 tests, transportation and food.

Mr Pium explained that he hasn't been able to pay as he didn't have enough money in his bank account.

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He continued: "I just wanted to get back into the country, quarantine at home and see my son, who is eight, and I'm really missing him.

"I did give them my bank account, and have tried to take the £1,750 but it has been declined because that account only has £17 on it and that was my plan. I am so angry about all this."

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