Footage recorded undercover at the G4S run Brook House in Sussex, allegedly shows a man being physically restrained and threatened after he put a battery in his mouth
- 11:04, 6 SEP 2017
A vulnerable detainee at an immigration centre in Gatwick airport was ‘throttled’ by staff after he tried to self-harm, a shocking new documentary claims.
Footage recorded undercover at the G4S run Brook House in Sussex, shows a man named only as Abbas, being physically restrained and threatened after he puts a battery in his mouth.
The video has emerged as part of a BBC Panorama probe into the facility, which is run by G4S for the Home Office .
G4S has suspended nine employees pending further investigation this week.
The video was filmed by former employee Callum Tulley , and shows him with Abbas, shouting “Don’t do it mate, stop”.
His colleague identified as Yan, comes in to help, as the detainee is pushing his fingers into his neck.
Yan shouts: “I’m going to put you to f****** sleep.”
According to the report, Yan told Tulley not to file a Use of Force report, and claimed he ‘wouldn’t be bothered’ if he had killed someone.
The Brook House facility holds up to 508 male detainees, all adults. The Home Office decides who is held there.
Managing Director for G4S Custodial and Detention Services in the UK, Jerry Petherick, said: “The behaviour shown in the programme is completely unacceptable and not representative of the many G4S colleagues who do a great job, often in difficult and challenging circumstances, across the country.
“We have commenced an immediate investigation into the specific allegations made in the programme.
“I have re-emphasised to staff the importance of speaking out through whistleblowing channels if anyone is concerned about the behaviour of colleagues or standards at any of our facilities.
“We continue to focus on the care and wellbeing of detainees at Brook House.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “We condemn any actions that put the safety or dignity of immigration removal centre detainees at risk.
“We are clear that all detainees should be treated with dignity and respect and we expect G4S to carry out a thorough investigation into these allegations and that all appropriate action be taken.”