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Four on Yarl's Wood hunger strike moved to prison

Four women taking part in a hunger strike at an immigration centre in Bedfordshire have been transferred to prison, the Home Office said.

Police were called to the Yarl's Wood centre on Monday when more than 80 women were said to be protesting against their detention and conditions.

Four have been moved to a prison "for the protection of the other detainees", a Home Office spokeswoman said.

The UK Border Agency said a management review would be carried out.

It aims to establish what caused Monday's incident and any lessons that need to be learned from it.

No medical concerns

David Wood, the agency's strategic director for criminality and detention, said: "Currently a small group of around 30 women are considered as food refusers.

"This means they have missed three consecutive meals in the canteen.

"However, there are alternate food arrangements within the centre such as shops and vending machines.

"Everyone is being assessed by medical staff and at the moment there are no causes for concern.

"The well-being of detainees is of paramount concern to the UK Border Agency."

Yarl's Wood opened in 2001 and has become the UK's main removal centre for women and families.



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