Inside Broadmoor: First look into Britain’s highest security psychiatric hospital in 150 years

TV cameras have been allowed inside Broadmoor Hospital for the first time in 150 years, as part of a Television documentary to be broadcast on Wednesday.

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by Ellie Hooper |
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The high-security psychiatric hospital, which is notorious for housing some of Britain’s most violent and disturbed criminals, has been documented for a two part ITV series, which will air from the 5th November.

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Broadmoor is home to the world's most notorious criminals
Broadmoor is home to the world's most notorious criminals

For more than a century, the Berkshire hospital has remained closed to the media, until ITV petitioned to have it opened to its crew.

In the documentary, it is revealed how staff members run the risk of serious injuries every day, with on average four assaults a week on workers.

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The gates outside the Hospital

One Nurse said: ‘There are days when the ward will be very settled and the patients will be in a happy mood but not all the time because their mental state tends to subside a lot.’

Clinical Nurse Manager, Ken Wakatama says: ‘Our focus when working with these guys is actually telling them that they are here not because of the illness, they are here because of the violent and they will only progress from here if there is a reduction in that violence.’

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One of the notices inside the Hospital

The Clinical Director, Dr Amlan Basu, added: ‘Patients that come here, they will have perpetrated often horrendous crimes but they are also victims and it’s very easy to see somebody as either the perpetrator or the victim. It’s much more difficult to understand that somebody might be both.’

Broadmoor has been home to some of the most notorious killers in the U.K, including Charles Bronson, Ronnie Kray, Peter Sutcliffe and Kenneth Erskine.

An inmate's bedroom

Michael Adebowale, one of the men who killed Lee Rigby in broad daylight in 2013, was admitted in June, after he suffered psychotic episodes in jail.

A high security door to an inmate's cell, with peephole

Broadmoor is on ITV at 9PM on Wednesday 5th November.

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