A HUDDERSFIELD family is believed to have been deported to Congo, despite protests.
Newsome-based Irene Ndonga and her three children are thought to have been on a flight to the African state last night.
The family was one of several being held at a centre in Kirkstall Road, Leeds.
Protesters fighting the deportations held a vigil outside the centre to highlight their plight.
Campaigners mounted a last-ditch attempt yesterday to prevent the enforced removal of more than 40 Congolese people from the UK.
A protest was held outside the Home Office against the deportation of 23 adults and 19 children from the UK to the Democratic Republic of Congo, (DRC) on a chartered flight last night but the plane took off.
Mrs Ndonga had been living in Newsome but she and her children were taken to the detention centre earlier this month.
The refused asylum seekers come from many parts of the country.
The flight includes refused asylum seeker Aseng Nzoabar, and six of her children, who have been living in Beeston, Leeds, for the past four years.
Her case has been backed by the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Rt Rev John Packer, who has written to the Home Office asking them to reverse the decision.
Protesters had urged the Government not to go ahead with the removal before a test case on March 7 to hear evidence that returned asylum seekers are at risk of inhuman treatment anywhere in the DRC.
A Home Office spokesman said they did not comment on individual cases.
But he said: "This is about the integrity of our asylum system and individuals who are found not to be in need of international protection should be expected to leave the UK.
"Obviously, we would prefer voluntary returns, but we will work through with enforced returns if people do not leave voluntarily.
"The DRC is no different in this regard to any other country. There have been from 2004 to September 2006, 20 individuals returned to the DRC as part of an assisted voluntary return programme, 15 of these in 2006. Voluntary returns are possible to all parts of the DRC.
"A returnee can travel to any destination on arrival if he or she wishes to do so.
"We would only return those who are not at risk of persecution and do not need humanitarian protection."
Meanwhile a Huddersfield support group claims African asylum seekers face torture if they are deported from Kirklees.
The Huddersfield-based Human Rights Centre has raised the alarm about people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Spokesman Alan Brooke said: "They all have horrific stories to tell of their lives in the DRC but the Home Office has used dubious grounds to refuse their asylum claim. "Some of those removed have been imprisoned and tortured."
Mr Brooke added: "Several people in Kirklees have suffered violence during forced removals, even when there have been children present."