Broadmoor clash over sex claims

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A SERIES of alleged sexual incidents involving patients at the top security Broadmoor Hospital has led to a demand for an urgent meeting between staff and management.

A day after it was claimed that a woman patient was expecting a child by another patient, it has been alleged that a serial rapist was caught having sexual intercourse with a woman patient in the kitchen gardens. Six weeks ago, a convicted rapist was caught with a female patient in the toilets. It is understood the pair had been having a relationship for some months.

A full-scale inquiry into the incident was held and a report was prepared for Broadmoor's general manager, Alan Franey. When asked yesterday what action was being taken: he said: 'I am not prepared to make any further comment. It is an internal matter for the hospital . . .'

There was an outcry last month when it was disclosed the rapist was being considered for parole.

Staff are demanding the meeting with management to discuss how they should deal with 'overt homosexual and heterosexual activity involving patients'. It follows revelations that a 35-year-old woman patient is expecting a baby after a liaison with a fellow patient. The woman is understood to want to keep the baby.

A source at Broadmoor said: 'There are no facilities in here for her to keep the baby but she is the sort of person who would not want to give up a child. I don't think she has had any children previously.'

The woman has been in the intensive care ward for a while. 'She quickly plunges into depressive moods and is very thin,' the source said. But, yesterday, she was moved to a medium-care ward.

Another source, who did not want to be named, said: 'She has been moved for her own safety. There are two women in the intensive care area, both of whom have said they will kill babies. One is a mother who killed her young son.'

Mr Franey said that more than pounds 3m had been spent on security measures. 'That includes security cameras which can be used to watch patients in open areas where it is impossible to keep a close personal watch on them.'