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Boss of G4S immigration centre quits over abuse

By Aine Fox

The director of a G4S-run immigration centre, which was criticised after footage showed staff abusing detainees, has resigned.

Executives at the security firm were lambasted earlier this month by MPs after the recordings inside Brook House Immigration Removal Centre were broadcast on BBC's Panorama.

Ben Saunders has now stepped down from his role at the centre, near Gatwick Airport in West Sussex, and a temporary replacement will take up the post from Monday.

Ten members of staff were suspended following the broadcast, of whom three have been dismissed. G4S commissioned an independent inquiry and was assisting a police investigation, the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee heard last week.

Jerry Petherick, managing director for G4S custodial and detention services, said on Friday: "Ben Saunders has resigned from his role as director of Gatwick Immigration Removal Centres. Lee Hanford will be taking up the role of interim director."

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