Tinsley House, located on the perimeter of Gatwick Airport, opened in 1996. Since September 2016 it has been close to add additional capacity. It is due to re-open during 2017 and will then have a maximum capacity of just under 200 people at any one time. Additionally, there will be provision at Tinsley House for families to be held for short periods. Families can be held for up to 72 hours before departure from the UK. In exceptional circumstances, and with ministerial authority, this can be extended for up to 1 week.
The private security firm G4S is contracted by the Home Office to run Tinsley House. They manage the day-to-day running of the centre but do not have any control over who is detained or for how long they stay in detention.
Many people are held in detention for relatively short periods at Tinsley House, particularly compared to Brook House, although some held there stay for much longer periods.
In 2014, we assisted 319 detainees at Tinsley House, all of whom were male.
Approximately 60% of these men were in the centre for more than a month.
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