Where is Broadmoor Hospital and which notorious prisoners have been held there? Charles Bronson, Robert Napper and Ronnie Kray

BROADMOOR hospital is one of Britain’s most notorious high security psychiatric facilities for men.

Ahead of Channel 5’s new documentary ‘Inside Broadmoor: Criminally Insane’, set to air at 10pm on September 2, we take a deeper look at the hospital and the high-profile patients held there.

Where is Broadmoor Hospital?

Broadmoor Hospital is in the village of Crowthorne in Berkshire and was founded in 1863, when it was named Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum.

Today it is the most well-known high-security psychiatric hospital in England, housing many infamous criminals.

Most of the patients suffer from severe mental illnesses and many also have personality disorders.

Patients at the hospital are treated with a range of therapies so they become less of a risk to themselves and others.

Today the hospital is only home to male inpatients after the female service at the hospital closed in 2007.

Due to the appearance and its high walls many believe Broadmoor is a prison.

However, it is in fact a hospital – though many of its patients are sent there by the criminal justice system.

How many patients are held at Broadmoor Hospital?

Broadmoor Hospital has space to cater for 240 patients who suffer from mental illness and personality disorders.

According to the NHS, most patients stay at the facility for five to six years although some can be there for a considerably shorter time.

After that, patients are often transferred to lower security facilities when they are deemed to not pose a risk to themselves or others.

The most notable person to be treated at Broadmoor is Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, who was sent there in 1984.

However, last year he was moved to HMP Frankland in Durham after it was deemed he no longer suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

Other notorious patients to have stayed at Broadmoor are:

  • Ian Ball, who tried to kidnap Princess Anne in 1974 while her car was en route to Buckingham Palace.
  • Ronnie Kray, one of the infamous Kray twins, who carried out crimes across the East End of London in the 50s and 60s.
  • Robert Knapper, who was convicting of murdering young mum Rachel Nickel on Wimbledon Common in July 1992 in front of her young son Alex.
  • Charles Bronson, also known as Charles Salvador, who is often dubbed as Britain's "most violent prisoner."
  • Neo-nazi David Copeland, known as the 'London nail bomber', killed three and injured more in a series of attacks with homemade nail bombs in the capital across three successive weekends in April 1999.
  • Daniel Gonzalez, nicknamed the Freddy Krueger Killer, murdered four people and injured two across two days in London and Sussex in September 2004. He was jailed for life in 2006 and then killed himself in Broadmoor Hospital the year after.
  • Nicky Reilly, later known as Mohamed Abdulaziz Rashid Saeed-Alim, plotted the failed Exeter bombing on May 22, 2008 and later admitted to attempted murder and preparing a terrorist attack. He died in HMP Manchester in October 2016 after being moved from Broadmoor following an assault on staff.


What is the documentary 'Inside Broadmoor' about?

Channel 5 has produced a two-hour documentary about the hospital, called 'Inside Broadmoor'.

It is being aired again on September 2 at 10pm.

The show charts the history of the high-security hospital from when it opened in the Victorian era to the current day.

The programme also looks at the diverse treatments and regimes that have been in place at the hospital over the past 154 years.

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