The private security company G4S has pulled out of its bid to continue to run the Brook House and Tinsley House immigration removal centres. The company’s management of Brook House has been under close scrutiny after a BBC Panorama broadcast showed an hidden camera video were detainees were mistreated by staff. Various investigations were carried and 15 of the 21 staff involved in the incident have either resigned or been fired. Another independent inquiry is expected to start next year.
G4S will no longer have any involvement in the immigration and asylum sector. The company stopped providing accommodation for asylum seekers in the Midlands, north-east England and Northern Ireland in August. ‘This will allow us to give greater focus to our custody and rehabilitation business, where we operate four of the highest-rated prisons in England and Wales,’ said the company in a statement. According to a recent memorandum from the National Audit Office, the company made £14.3 million gross profit by running Brook House between 2012 and 2018.