G4S uses ‘unacceptable’ force on pregnant detainee at UK family detention centre

HM Inspectorate of Prisons report finds that G4S security staff at a UK Border Agency detention facility “deserve great credit”, despite unacceptable use of force on pregnant detainee.     Tom Sanderson 24 October 2012
A pregnant woman in a wheelchair was tipped up and held by her feet by G4S staff at Cedars, the Border Agency’s ‘compassionate’ new detention facility. The incident emerged in the first report on Cedars by the Prisons Inspectorate who said the “substantial force” used against the pregnant woman caused “significant risk of injury to her unborn child”. At one point she fell from her wheelchair. Chief Inspector Nick Hardwick said: “there is no safe way to use force against a pregnant woman, and to initiate it for the purposes of removal was to take an unacceptable risk”. Continue reading “G4S uses ‘unacceptable’ force on pregnant detainee at UK family detention centre”