REPORTS that asylum seekers will be temporarily moved in to hotels in Crowthorne have been denied by hotel managers.

The Times understands 50 refugees may have been earmarked for Crowthorne amongst hundreds heading for Berkshire.

The Government, facing a huge influx of refugees when the controversial Sangatte camp closes in France, wants to make Reading and other towns close to Heathrow and Gatwick the first stopping off point for asylum seekers fleeing war and oppression in their own countries.

A spokesman for Reading Borough Council said: "The Home Office has been consulting with local authorities about short-term accommodation possibilities for asylum seekers before they are allocated to other parts of the country.

"It is understood the requirement would be for up to seven days' accommo-dation at a time."

But Crowthorne's only two hotels, the Corus and Dial House, said there were no plans to take in asylum seekers.

Jonathan Oadroyd, operations manager at the Corus Hotel, said: "We would not take in those sorts of people. We tend to cater for people visiting on business."

Melanie Chapman, general manager of the Dial House, said: "This is the first we have heard of any asylum seekers in the area and no we do not have any here."