‘Director of a private refugee detention center in the United Kingdom has resigned after footage emerged showing officers were abusing and bullying refugees and asylum seekers being held there.
Ben Saunders, the director of Brook House in south-east England, which is run by security firm G4S, has stepped down with “immediate effect,” said Jerry Petherick, managing director for G4S custodial and detention services.
Saunders is also resigning from his post at Tinsley House, another detention center, which holds refugees facing deportation from the UK.
He left his job three weeks after BBC Panorama aired footage apparently showing officers abusing detainees and mocking people who were receiving medical treatment after self-harming.
Undercover footage was filmed by a former officer, Callum Tulley, who contacted the BBC and began working undercover on their behalf.’