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G4S Orders Independent Inquiry Into Immigration Centre Staff

Security firm G4S has commissioned an independent inquiry to review the “attitude and behaviour” of staff at an immigration removal centre it runs.  Staff at Brook House were allegedly caught “mocking, abusing and assaulting” people being held there in covert footage filmed for BBC Panorama. G4S has a government contract to run the centre near Gatwick Airport. It has appointed an outside consultancy to conduct the inquiry but has not said whether the findings will be published.  In September, Panorama aired footage recorded by ex-custody officer Callum Tulley at Brook House, which holds detainees who are facing deportation from the UK. Security firm G4S has since dismissed six members of staff at the centre and a number of other staff have also been disciplined. Brandon Lewis, the immigration minister, is expected to be questioned by MPs today about whether his department had concerns about the centre before the programme was broadcast.

Read more: BBC News, http://bbc.in/2AjEykb

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