Home Office concedes independent investigation into Brook House abuse

The Home Office has agreed to ask the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman (PPO) to carry out an investigation into the abuse of migrants held at Brook House detention centre. The decision has been described as a “major U-turn” by Duncan Lewis Solicitors, which says the department conceded the investigation after litigation by the firm. Undercover reporting by the BBC’s Panorama programme last year revealed severe violence and mistreatment of detainees at Brook House. The second Shaw Review of immigration detention condemned the “appalling misconduct by some staff” (Mr Shaw himself discovered fresh blood on the stairs during a subsequent visit). A report commissioned by G4S, which runs the centre,…

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