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Security firm G4S to sell 13 children's homes

Credit: PA

Security firm G4S is to sell its UK children's services business, which includes 13 children's homes and contracts to manage two secure training centres at Medway in Kent and Oakhill in Milton Keynes, it said today.

G4S said the disposal was part of a "continuing review of our business portfolio" as it seeks to "improve the strategic focus" of the organisation.

Undercover footage showed staff at Medway mistreating and abusing inmates, and boasting about using inappropriate techniques to restrain youngsters.

Other allegations included claims that staff tried to hide their actions by ensuring they were beneath CCTV cameras or in areas not covered by them.