Sudden death of man, 33, at Yarl’s Wood is ‘not suspicious’ say police

Yarls Wood Immigration Centre near Clapham.
Yarls Wood Immigration Centre near Clapham.
  • Man, aged 33, died at Yarl’s Wood on Monday
  • Police say death is no suspicious
  • Death prompts renewed calls for an end to immigration detention
  • Case has been handed over to the coroner for Beds

An investigation has been launched after a man died at the controversial Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre on Monday.

Pinakin Patel, 33, collapsed and died at the centre’s family unit.

It is understood that he and his wife were being kept there after coming to Britain from India two months ago.

A Bedfordshire Police spokesman said: “We were called at approximately 10.30am on Monday to reports of the death of a man in his 30s at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.

“Officers attended and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

“A file will be prepared in due course and handed to the coroner.”

The death has fuelled renewed calls for the end of immigration detention by campaign group Movement for Justice.