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Probe into detention centre death in Bedfordshire

An investigation has been launched following the death of a 40-year-old woman at Yarl's Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire.

The Home Office said the death was "sudden" and "unexplained."

"Sadly, we can confirm the death of a female detainee at Yarl's Wood on March 30."

"It would not be appropriate to comment further as the death is subject to a police investigation. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed in line with standard procedure."

– Spokeswoman from the Home Office

Shadow immigration minister David Hanson called for urgent answers from the Government about the case.

EasyJet set for Luton expansion

EasyJet secures 10-year deal with Luton Airport. Credit: PA Images

Low-cost airline easyJet has secured a new 10-year deal with Luton Airport which could see it double in size at the site from four to nine million passengers a year.

It said the expansion would also see 2,500 jobs created at the airport and in the surrounding region.

But chief executive Carolyn McCall said the pace of the growth was dependent on improvements to the site being approved, adding that Luton could make a "real and immediate" contribution to the need for more airport capacity.

Easyjet has 15 aircraft based at the site, its second largest base in the London area, and employs 1,600 staff locally. It says it plans to grow capacity by 20% over the next year.

The airline says it will do this by adding new business and leisure routes and increasing frequencies from some of its existing 39 routes.

The announcement comes a week after easyJet revealed it was set for a smaller-than-expected loss over the winter, after it benefited from improved revenue trends and benign weather.

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Domestic abuse report highlights failings at Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Police

A damning report has highlighted how police forces are failing victims of domestic abuse.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Constabularies (HMIC) said victims face a lottery in the way their cases are treated, and singled out Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire as being of serious concern.

Olivia Paterson has been finding out more about the police watchdog's concerns over how our forces are dealing with domestic violence.

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