Nine staff have been suspended from a G4S immigration centre after claims of abuse and assaults against detainees.
An investigation into allegations made by BBC’s Panorama programme of “chaos, incompetence and abuse” at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, near Gatwick, has also been launched. The undercover filming operation has raised serious issues about the treatment of detainees in the UK.
Recent outbreaks of disorder in some of Britain’s jails paints a worrying picture of the standard of incarceration centres across the nation.
Jerry Petherick, managing director for custodial and detention services, said: “There is no place for the type of conduct described in the allegations anywhere in G4S.
“Such behaviour is not representative of the many G4S colleagues who do a great job, often in difficult and challenging circumstances, across the country.
“We have not yet been provided with the recorded evidence which forms the basis of the allegations and it is inappropriate for me to pre-judge the outcome of our investigation.
“Once we have seen the evidence and concluded the investigation, I will ensure that we take the appropriate action. We continue to focus on the care and wellbeing of detainees at Brook House.”
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