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By Esqui
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Doing their bit for democracy: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/201 ... conference" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The conference was also hit by a row after Norman Smith, the BBC's chief political correspondent, said he had been stopped from filming the demonstration by security staff within the venue.

Police said they had cleared an area to prevent "potential tensions" between protesters and delegates but were not stopping people from filming on the streets.

A Conservative spokesman said the party had "nothing to do" with the incident and had sent staff to help the BBC filming continue.

G4S, which runs security for the event, said it had been helping to secure the venue "but haven't prevented journalists filming".
Of course. I'm sensing a backtrack to avoid shit hitting the fan.
 
By Bones McCoy
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Winegums wrote:I think you'll find this is the G4S thread. Serco are a totally different incompetent, greedy organisation being subcontracted to leech money and provide a poor service...
It's reassuring to know we have a choice...
By new puritan
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Another G4S triumph.
(Reuters) - A British prison run by security company G4S is failing to provide prisoners basic healthcare and sanitation, and scored below sufficient in all four areas assessed by the independent prisons watchdog.

Britain in July placed under review all of G4S's government contracts and it faces a possible Serious Fraud Office investigation after an audit showed that it charged for tagging criminals who were either dead, in prison, or had never been tagged in the first place.

The report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons said that prisoners at HMP Oakwood, which has been run by G4S since it opened in April 2012, were unable to access basic cleaning and toiletry items, and received very poor healthcare.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/0 ... YU20131007" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
By Squeaker
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new puritan wrote:Another G4S triumph.
(Reuters) - A British prison run by security company G4S is failing to provide prisoners basic healthcare and sanitation, and scored below sufficient in all four areas assessed by the independent prisons watchdog.

Britain in July placed under review all of G4S's government contracts and it faces a possible Serious Fraud Office investigation after an audit showed that it charged for tagging criminals who were either dead, in prison, or had never been tagged in the first place.

The report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons said that prisoners at HMP Oakwood, which has been run by G4S since it opened in April 2012, were unable to access basic cleaning and toiletry items, and received very poor healthcare.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/0 ... YU20131007" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
This was discussed on Today this morning, apparently inmates in there find it easier to get drugs (both smuggled in, and other inmates prescription drugs) than loo roll.
By new puritan
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Is there a more useless company anywhere in the world?
A South African prison run by the British security company G4S is under investigation for allegedly using forced injections and electric shock treatment to subdue inmates.

Prisoners, warders and health care workers said that involuntary medication was regularly practised at the Mangaung Correctional Centre near Bloemfontein. G4S denies any acts of assault or torture.

The revelations come just weeks after the South African government took over operations from G4S after finding it had "lost effective control over the prison" in the wake of a series of stabbings, riots, strikes and a hostage taking.

The latest allegations follow a year-long investigation by the Wits Justice Project (WJP) – part of the journalism department of the University of Witwatersrand – which uncovered damning video evidence apparently showing forced medication. A staff member at the prison hospital, who did not wish to be named, alleged that inmates were injected with Clopixol Depot, Risperdal, Etomine and Modecate. These anti-psychotic drugs can cause memory loss, muscle rigidity, strokes and other serious, potentially life-threatening side effects.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/o ... estigation" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By davidjay
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new puritan wrote:Is there a more useless company anywhere in the world?
A South African prison run by the British security company G4S is under investigation for allegedly using forced injections and electric shock treatment to subdue inmates.

Prisoners, warders and health care workers said that involuntary medication was regularly practised at the Mangaung Correctional Centre near Bloemfontein. G4S denies any acts of assault or torture.

The revelations come just weeks after the South African government took over operations from G4S after finding it had "lost effective control over the prison" in the wake of a series of stabbings, riots, strikes and a hostage taking.

The latest allegations follow a year-long investigation by the Wits Justice Project (WJP) – part of the journalism department of the University of Witwatersrand – which uncovered damning video evidence apparently showing forced medication. A staff member at the prison hospital, who did not wish to be named, alleged that inmates were injected with Clopixol Depot, Risperdal, Etomine and Modecate. These anti-psychotic drugs can cause memory loss, muscle rigidity, strokes and other serious, potentially life-threatening side effects.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/o ... estigation" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Nice to see we're still in the vanguard of worldwide exports.
By new puritan
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Haven't seen this reported elsewhere.
Last November a 42 year-old pharmaceutical worker from Thailand took part in a conference about HIV treatment at Glasgow's Clyde Auditorium. Her name was Khanokporn Satjawat. A G4S guard checked Satjawat's ID. He didn't like her manner. Later he followed her into the toilets and bludgeoned her to death with a fire extinguisher.

At the High Court in Glasgow yesterday, Clive Carter was found guilty of Khanokporn Satjawat's murder. The court heard that the huge G4S guard (six foot five) tended to become enraged when women contradicted him. In a police interview his wife described the 35 year-old as "violent and manipulative". His GP had referred him for anger management counselling.

A few days before the killing, Carter had knocked on a woman’s door at the Holiday Inn Express hotel, carrying a fire extinguisher and claiming there had been a report of a fire.

G4S works on police investigations, runs prisons, children's homes and detention centres, among other privatised public services. They're having a very bad month. Their UK flagship Oakwood Prison is in crisis. In South Africa, the state has taken back control of G4S Mangaung Prison; guards are accused of torturing inmates.

Yesterday's murder conviction raises fresh doubts about G4S's fitness for public service.
http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom ... n-to-death" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
 
By Big Arnold
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Probe of G4S and Serco tagging contracts begins

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) says it has opened an investigation into the government's contracts with G4S and Serco for tagging criminals.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24805255" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
By satnav
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So five months after the alleged fraud took place the Serious Fraud Office is now starting it's investigation? Won't such a delay have given G4S plenty of opportunity to dispose of any vital evidence that might be needed to bring a prosecution? I'm fairly sure that the head of G4S in Britain resigned last week which could further hamper a proper investigation.
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HM_Prison_Wolds" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
In 1991, G4S won the first prison management contract to be operated by the private sector in the United Kingdom, and all of Europe.
I think it's first inspection (1992) was awful, but can't find anything online. Any luck?
By satnav
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G4S admits overcharging MoJ £24m on electronic tagging contract
Company has apologised to Ministry of Justice and issued credit notes for £23.3m incorrectly billed between 2005 and 2013
http://www.theguardian.com/business/201 ... ce-tagging

So it was all just a computer error! I wonder if someone being investigated for benefit fraud would be let off with a slap on the wrist if they claimed it was all the fault of a pesky computer?
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