“Such behaviour is not representative of the many G4S colleagues who do a great job, often in difficult and challenging circumstances, across the country.” The firm’s website says it treats detainees “in a culturally sensitive way with all possible dignity, humanity and without discrimination”.But campaigners have called for G4S to be stripped of all detention contracts in light of its record around the world.’s findings pending further investigation last week and the firm said it investigates all complaints, as well as running confidential whistleblowing channels.Jerry Petherick, managing director for G4S custodial and detention services in the UK, said: “There is no place for the type of conduct described in the allegations anywhere in G4S.G4S has been paid more than £100m pounds by the Home Office to run Brook House since it opened in 2009, and also operates another immigration removal centre.Brook House, which holds up to 508 adult male detainees, was designed to take people for 72 hours but some inmates have been held for months or even years.
“I actually thought he was going kill him and I said easy, easy.” Mr Tulley, 21, was employed as a guard by G4S for more than a year, collecting evidence before agreeing to wear hidden cameras for the BBC.
Steve Valdez-Symonds, the charity’s refugee and migrants programme director, said: “Large-scale, routine and indefinite detention has consequences.
“As independent and cross-party inquiries have stressed, there is an urgent need for a radical reduction in the use of immigration detention and a time limit on its use.” The Home Office said the dignity and safety of those in its care is of the utmost importance and that it closely monitors Brook House, having already ordered a new review by Mr Shaw into the welfare of immigration detainees.
“This is not about immigration; it is about ending inhumane practices which are expensive and infective.
“The UK is a developed nation with high standards – we must demand better than this for our detention centres.” Britain is the only country in Europe that allows indefinite immigration detention, despite a 2015 parliamentary inquiry recommending a 28-day limit and a subsequent report by Stephen Shaw, the former Prisons Ombudsman, calling for exceptions for vulnerable people including rape victims, PTSD sufferers and pregnant women.