Companies facing health and safety charges following death at immigration detention centre

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Two companies are to face health and safety charges following the death of a man at an immigration detention centre.

Prince Fosu was found dead on the concrete floor of his cell at Harmondsworth Immigration Detention and Removal Centre in West Drayton, Middlesex, on 30 October 2012. Fosu, a Ghananian national who, according to media reports, was aged 32, had been sent to the centre six days earlier on 24 October after he was found to have over-stayed his visa when arrested for running naked in the street.

GEO Group UK Ltd, a private provider of custody services which ran Harmondsworth at the time of the incident; and Nestor Primecare Services Ltd, the main trading company in the Allied Healthcare group of companies, which ran health services at the centre under contract to GEO; are to be prosecuted under section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.


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