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Four held in Yarl's Wood hunger strike protest

Yarl's Wood
The women at Yarl's Wood are protesting over treatment at the site

Four women have been detained under the Immigration Act following a hunger strike at Yarl's Wood immigration centre in Bedfordshire.

All four will be handed over to the UK Border Agency later and have not been charged with any criminal offences, a police spokesman added.

The UK Border Agency said a group of 40 women at the centre had staged a hunger strike, which ended on Monday.

Police said all other detainees were dealt with by resident staff.

It is understood the hunger strike was held in protest at the length of detention of the women.

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