Fire breaks out at Broadmoor Hospital with smoke and flames spotted

-Credit: (Image: David Goddard)
-Credit: (Image: David Goddard)


A fire has broke out at Broadmoor Hospital, the high-security psychiatric facility known for detaining some of Britain's most infamous criminals.

Billowing smoke and flames were spotted emerging from the Berkshire establishment. The institution has been a residence for notorious figures such as Ronnie Kray, Charles Bronson, and Peter Sutcliffe, infamously known as the Yorkshire Ripper. Confirming the incident, a spokesperson for Thames Valley Police stated that they had been called to the scene following reports of the fire.

Broadmoor Hospital, sometimes referred to as Broadmoor Prison, is a top-tier psychiatric hospital located in Crowthorne. It stands as one of the three principal high-security psychiatric hospitals in the United Kingdom, with Ashworth Hospital and Rampton Secure Hospital being the other two.

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Since its inception in 1863, Broadmoor was conceived to confine mentally ill males who had perpetrated crimes or posed a threat to themselves or society. The facility is dedicated to providing treatment and secure accommodation for patients suffering from acute mental disorders.

Patients housed at the hospital are often those who have committed grave offenses, including murder or assault, but are considered not criminally responsible on account of their mental health conditions. These individuals are commonly described under the "not guilty by reason of insanity" (NGRI) legal status.