Memorial to be held on Sunday for woman who died at Yarl’s Wood

Christine Case, who died at Yarl's Wood.

Christine Case, who died at Yarl's Wood.

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A memorial service is to be held at the gates of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre on Sunday, April 6 in tribute to 40-year-old Christine Case who died there last weekend.

A gathering is being organised at 10.30am by the SADY Campaign to coincide with the memorial service that detainees will be attending at the same time inside Yarl’s Wood.

A campaign spokeswoman said: “We are gathering in solidarity with Christine’s family and with detainees inside Yarl’s Wood. We will be marking our concern regarding the events surrounding Christine’s death.”

All are welcome to attend and should go to the gates at the top of Twinwoods Road which has to be approached through the village of Clapham, not the entrance of Twinwoods Business Park via Thurleigh Road which is approached through the village of Milton Ernest.

The death of Case was raised in parliament on Monday. The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, raised concerns about the death.

The immigration minister James Brokenshire said: “I reassure the house of the seriousness that we attach to the incident. We expect all issues to be properly investigated and pursued.”

Christine Case arrived in the UK on a visitor’s visa 14 years ago and is understood to have overstayed. She made a new application for leave to remain in the UK which was understood to be under consideration by the Home Office at the time of her death.

Her family are now waiting for an explanation about how she died.

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