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Hundreds expected at Yarl's Wood inmate's funeral

HUNDREDS of people are expected today at the funeral of a Jamaican woman who died in the notorious Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire.

Christine Case, 40, was imprisoned in the centre after being refused permission to live and work in Britain.

She was found dead at 8am on March 30. The circumstances of her death are not known.

Her family has flown to Britain for her funeral today and has appealed for a mass attendance.

Yarl’s Wood is run by private profiteer Serco.

Since opening in 2001 Yarl’s Wood has gained a grim reputation. A catalogue of incidents including hunger strikes, riots, sexual abuse and suicides have haunted the centre.

In 2005 Angolan asylum-seeker Manuel Bravo, who had made a home in Leeds with his 13-year-old son, hanged himself there enabling his son to stay in Britain — asylum-seekers under 18 cannot be deported without an adult.

The funeral is at 11am, Power, Praise, Deliverance and Worship Centre, 421-427 High Road, Tottenham, London.

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