Death at Yarls Wood detention centre


An investigation has been launched following the death of a 40-year-old woman at Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire today.

The Home Office said the death was “sudden” and “unexplained.”

A spokeswoman from the Home Office said: “Sadly, we can confirm the death of a female detainee at Yarl’s Wood on March 30.”

“It would not be appropriate to comment further as the death is subject to a police investigation. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed in line with standard procedure.”

Yashika Bageerathi, a 19-year-old-student who is awaiting deportation, has been at Yarl’s Wood since March 19.

She told Channel 4 news: “Today is just a bad day … Someone died in here. Everyone is sad. They just can’t believe it happened in here.”