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Strike called at high security hospital on Merseyside

Ashworth Hospital Credit: MALCOLM CROFT / PA Archive/PA Images

Hundreds of staff at a high security hospital are to stage a 24-hour strike in a row over the dismissal of two colleagues.

Members of the Prison Officers Association (POA) at Ashworth Secure Hospital on Merseyside will walk out from 7am on November 13, followed by other forms of industrial action.

The union, which has over 500 members at the hospital, said its members were "outraged" over the dismissal of two colleagues for restraining a violent patient.

POA members work as psychiatric nurses at Ashworth, where Moors murderer Ian Brady and police killer Dale Cregan are detained.

Man faces jail over attempts to photograph Ian Brady in hospital

The Moors Murderers Myra Hindley and Ian Brady

A security officer is facing jail for smuggling a camera into a high-security psychiatric hospital in an attempt to sell photos of notorious serial killer Ian Brady to the News of the World.

48-year-old Alan Hagan was on trial over his dealings with crime reporter Lucy Panton in 2008 while he worked at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.

Although he denied wrong-doing, an Old Bailey jury found Hagan, of Galston Close, Liverpool, guilty of committing misconduct in a public office.

He will be sentenced on June 26.


Moors murder Brady returned to secure hospital

Ian Brady has been returned to Ashworth Hosptial Credit: PA Images

Moors murderer Ian Brady has been returned to high security hospital after being treated for a fall.

The 76-year-old child killer was treated for two broken bones after an incident at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside.

It was reported that he was taken to Aintree University Hospital under police guard.

He is now back on his ward at Ashworth.

A spokeswoman for Ashworth Hospital said: "Ian Brady, aged 76, who was admitted to a general hospital earlier this week on Tuesday for treatment for two broken bones suffered following a fall, has returned to his ward at Ashworth Hospital on Wednesday."

Brady, who murdered five children in the 1960s with his lover Myra Hindley, was jailed for life in 1966.

Last year he lost his battle at a mental health tribunal to be released from Ashworth on the grounds that he was no longer insane.

Moors murderer condemns tribunal as "wasted" public money

Brady condemned his tribunal in a letter to a journalist Credit: Channel 5 News

The Moors Murderer, Ian Brady, has written a 700-word letter in which he condemns a mental health tribunal's decision to keep him locked in a secure hospital.

Brady describes the tribunal as "£250,000 wasted by Ashworth medical mediocrities manipulating a politically motivated tribunal... designed to distract public attention from the lack of reasoned argument and pertinent evidence."

The letter is 700 words in length Credit: Channel 5 News

The killer sent the letter to Channel 5 News. In it, he criticises those who gave evidence: "'The pathetic petty abuse... rubberstamp witnesses employed to smear, discredit and distract, revealed more about Ashworth's collective culture of applied ignorance and malice than it did about me."

Brady sketched at his mental health tribunal Credit: ITV

Brady continues by writing: "Those listening in the real world would have doubted their senses."

Brady's signature Credit: Channel 5 News


Ian Brady seen in public for first time in decades

VIDEO: For the first time in decades the Moors murderer Ian Brady has been seen and heard in public.

He is fighting for the right to die and appeared at a mental health tribunal via video link from Ashworth hospital.

Brady, who's 75 has wavy grey hair.

He wore dark glasses and spoke with a pronounced Scottish accent. The tribunal has been brought by him to prove his sanity so he can moved to an ordinary prison.

Our correspdondent Ashley Derricott was among the journalists who witnessed today's hearing.