A former police chief constable who resigned over charges of misconduct has been appointed as a director for security company G4S. Nick Gargan, who held the top job with Avon and Somerset Constabulary, was found guilty of eight charges, including accusations of making inappropriate advances to female colleagues, leaking internal emails and using his work […]

G4S Lose Rainsbrook Contract

G4S has lost a contract to run a secure training centre for young offenders – but they’ve won another that has left critics ‘aghast’. The firm will be replaced by MTCNovo in operating Rainsbrook, near Rugby, the Youth Justice Board announced. The facility, which has been run by G4S for more than 16 years, was […]

Two prisoners film rap video on illicit mobile phone at HMP Birmingham

Two prisoners have filmed a rap video from behind bars at HMP Birmingham. Demehl Thomas and Moysha Shepherd are thought to have captured footage of themselves on a banned mobile phone before it was uploaded on to the internet. Bosses at HMP Birmingham have launched an investigation. Thomas, 25, was serving a sentence for aggravated […]

G4S Young Offenders: “degrading and racist treatment” say Inspectors

The Prisons Handbook 2015 – out now  /  Home Page  /  Converse Prison Newspaper   Young offenders at a secure centre near Rugby were subjected to degrading treatment and racist comments and were cared for by staff who were under the influence of drugs, a damning Ofsted report has found. Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre (STC) has […]

Oakwood Prison: High levels of violence and bullying

There are still high levels of bullying at the country’s largest prison, near Wolverhampton, and the use of force is almost double that of similar institutions, a report has found. Inspectors said the G4S-run HMP Oakwood, which received a damning report two years ago, also has a high number of self-harm incidents. But HM Inspectorate […]

Birmingham prison awash with drugs

Nick Hardwick HM Chief Inspector of Prisons today published his report on HMP Birmingham, operated bny G4S, in which he said the prison had postitive drug levels of almost 20% almost double the target figure: “When we last visited HMP Birmingham in late 2011 its management had recently transferred from the public sector to G4S […]

Oakwood Incident Resolved

An incident lasting more than five hours at the country’s largest prison has been resolved, security firm G4S has said. The trouble broke out on a wing at HMP Oakwood in Featherstone, near Wolverhampton, yesterday evening, but the operator of the privately-run prison would not give any further details. The incident was contained by staff before being […]

SFO Confirm Serious Fraud Investigation Into Both G4S & Serco

G4S in 2012 £7.3bn turnover Pre-tax profit: £516m Quarter of turnover relates to government contracts Half of business in Europe Value of government contracts: £394m The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) says it has opened an investigation into the government’s contracts with G4S and Serco for tagging criminals. It comes after an audit suggested the firms […]

G4S Accused Of Shocking Prisoner Abuse

Staff at one of South Africa’s most dangerous prisons, run by British firm G4S, have been accused of “shocking” abuses and of losing control. The South African government has temporarily taken over the running of Mangaung prison from G4S and launched an official investigation. It comes after inmates claimed they had been subjected to electric […]


  The firm at the centre of the Olympics security shambles has been stripped of its responsibilities for running Britain’s first private jail. G4S, which failed to provide enough guards for the London 2012 games, will stop running the Wolds prison in East Yorkshire, which will return to the public sector from next year, the Ministry of […]