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Broadmoor prison officers to go on strike

Broadmoor high security psychiatric hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

Prison officers at Broadmoor are set to go on strike in a bitter dispute with the Government over health workers' pay.

Members of the Prison Officers Association will walk out of the high security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire between 7am and 11am this morning.

The dispute centres on the Government's controversial decision not to accept a recommended 1% wage increase for all NHS staff. The Prison Officers Association say a "high proportion" of its 1,300 members involved in the dispute will not receive a pay rise this year.

Plans revealed to replace "outdated" Broadmoor Hospital

Its Victorian walls are almost as well known as the criminals its housed - but after 150 years, Berkshire's Broadmoor Hospital has been deemed unfit for purpose. Almost 250 million pounds is being spent to build a modern facility next to the original site in Crowthorne. People living close to the high-security hospital have now been given the opportunity to see the redevelopment plans. Kate Bunkall reports.


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Savile victims' lawyer: He was not 'phenomenon of 70s'

Jimmy Savile was not "just a phenomenon of the 60s and 70s" and echoes of his abuse can be heard today, according to the lawyer for 170 of the TV presenter's victims.

Liz Dux from lawyers Slater and Gordon told Good Morning Britain she still encounters adults who cover up child abuse to protect their employers' reputation.

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Jimmy Savile was a 'horrific, prolific sex offender'

The late TV presenter Jimmy Savile was a "horrific, prolific sex offender" who abused his fame and power to get away with his crimes "for so long", the NSPCC has said.

The NSPCC's Director of Child Protection Advice and Support, Peter Watt, spoke to Good Morning Britain after the children's charity released figures showing Savile had abused children "as young as two", with at least 500 of his victims coming forward.

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NSPCC: Jimmy Savile 'most prolific sex offender'

The NSPCC believe that Jimmy Savile could be the most prolific child abuser that they have ever discovered in the United Kingdom.

Peter Watt, the NSPCC's director of child protection, said: "There's no doubt that Savile is one of the most, if not the most, prolific sex offender that we at the NSPCC have ever come across.

What you have is somebody who at his most prolific lost no opportunity to identify vulnerable victims and abuse them."

The joint BBC investigation between Panorama and The World At One, which airs today on BBC One and BBC Radio 4, asks how the DJ got so close to the heart of Britain's establishment and why in 1972 the BBC failed to take effective action that might have saved young people from abuse.

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Savile's Broadmoor abuse higher than previously feared

The NSPCC report also claims that Saville's offending in Broadmoor Hospital is higher than previously thought, with Thames Valley Police having received at least 16 reports of abuse by him inside the secure hospital.

The report also claims that senior civil servants wrongly referred to the Top Of The Pops presenter as "doctor" - completely unaware of the trauma he was inflicting on some children behind closed hospital doors.


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Savile abused 'children as young as two'

Sir Jimmy Savile at the unveiling of a contemporary sculpture in 2005. Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA Archive

At least 500 children, some as young as two years old, were abused by disgraced television personality Jimmy Saville during his vile reign as one of the UK's most prolific sex offenders, new research shows.

A study carried out by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, commissioned for the BBC's Panorama programme, reveals secret confidential documents examining the scope of Savile's offending and his unprecedented access to Broadmoor hospital, where some of the abuse happened.

Killer sent to Broadmoor psychiatric hospital

A man has been sent to Broadmoor, a high security mental health hospital, under the mental health act.

30-year-old Karl Addo attacked and decapitated 23-year-old student Sergio Marquez last July. He had suffered from mental illness for several years.

Mr Maquez's family said he had only wanted to work, learn and help others. They said he was impossible to replace.

His killer also received a prison sentence to run concurrently, of life imprisonment. He must serve a minimum of 6.5 years.

Inquiry into Jimmy Savile's role at Broadmoor in 1980s

Jimmy Savile in his office Credit: ITV Meridian Archive

The government is to launch an inquiry into its own decision to appoint Jimmy Savile as a head of a 'task force" overseeing the management of Broadmoor Hospital in the 1980s.

Allegations emerged this week that Savile had abused patients at the high security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire after being given free access to the wards.

He was a volunteer there for four decades, had his own set of keys and in 1988 was appointed to help oversee the running of the hospital, something the Department of Health now says should never have happened.

Broadmoor in the 1980s Credit: ITV Meridian Archive
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