Inside News - G4S pay out for unlawful handcuffing

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The catalogue of abuses perpetrated by giant global security firm G4S grows. On 24 September, a judge awarded £6,000 in damages to 79-year-old Peter McCormack as compensation for the humiliating and degrading treatment he received after he suffered a heart attack while held at G4S-run Altcourse prison. Mr McCormack, who was on remand for a non-violent offence, was taken to hospital by G4S and kept chained to guards, some of whom were female, for 14 days, including while using the toilet and shower.

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