The “shocking” incident at a new Border Force immigration centre in Dover is not being treated as a terrorist incident, Suella Braverman has said.

In the Commons today, Braverman confirmed that the Dover incident is not being treated as an act of terrorism.

Making a statement in the Commons, the Home Secretary said about the incident at Western Jet Foil on Sunday: “Officers established that two to three incendiary devices had been thrown at the Home Office premises.

“The suspect was identified, quickly located at a nearby petrol station and confirmed dead. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit attended to ensure there were no further threats. Kent Police are not currently treating this as a terrorist incident.

“Fortunately, there were only two minor injuries. But this is a shocking incident. And my thoughts are with all of those who are affected. I have received regular updates from the police. While I understand the desire for answers, investigators must have the necessary space to work.”

The Home Secretary has said the Government has a “duty” to “ensure that anyone who has entered our country illegally undergoes essential security checks”.

Suella Braverman also told MPs: “Several hundred migrants were relocated to Manston yesterday to ensure their safety. Western Jet Foil is now fully operational again.

“I can also inform the House that my right honourable friend, the Minister for Immigration, visited the Manston site yesterday and that I will visit shortly.

“My right honourable friend was reassured by the dedication of staff as they work to make this site safe and secure while suitable onward accommodation is found. As members will be aware, we need to meet our statutory duties around detention and also fulfil legal duties to provide accommodation for those who would otherwise be destitute.

“We also have a duty to the wider public to ensure that anyone who has entered our country illegally undergoes essential security checks and is not immediately free to wander around local communities with no fixed abode.”

Suella Braverman email

This comes after Braverman today sent a letter to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Dame Diana Johnson.

In it, the Home Secretary gave a “detailed account about the circumstances” surrounding her resignation. 

Braverman previously sent official documents from her government email address to her personal account address six times but insisted there was “no risk to national security”.

A Home Office review identified the incidents after she was forced to resign for breaching the ministerial code by sending a draft government statement to an ally from her personal account.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has faced questions over his decision to reappoint Braverman just days after she quit, but Downing Street insisted he had full confidence in his Home Secretary.