G4S hit by fresh scandal at youth offenders centre


Security outsourcer G4S faces a fresh scandal after it suspended staff at a young offenders centre for using unnecessary force, reports The Telegraph.

Employees at the FTSE 250 group’s Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent were suspended following allegations that also included improper language being used against young offenders.

The company said a number of “serious allegations” had been received about staff and had been referred to authorities including the Ministry of Justice.

Paul Cook, managing director for G4S Children’s Services unit, said: “We are treating the allegations with the utmost gravity and have taken immediate action to suspend a number of staff members who are alleged to have conducted themselves in a manner which is not in line with our standards.”

He added the company took “any allegations of unacceptable or inappropriate behaviour extremely seriously” and said the company would co-operate fully with investigations.

Seven staff are reported to have been suspended following the complaints, which the company is said to have become aware of after receiving a letter about the claims from the BBC.