Moors murderer Ian Brady is spending his days with patients that abuse and attack Ashworth Hospital’s staff at least once a day, The Daily Mirror reports.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that since 2007, there have been 566 assaults, 294 attempted assaults and 1,122 incidents of verbal abuse on workers at the secure hospital on Merseyside.
Brady himself, was interrogated by the police this year after claims he assaulted a 51-year-old nurse. The Crown Prosecution Service is currently investigating whether charges should be made.
The hospital that houses 500 patients in five secure wards, including 120 with psychopathic disorders has also seen a rise in patient-to-patient attacks. Of the 137 patients that have been attacked by other patients since 2007, two are suing claiming they weren’t protected enough.
Brady along with his ex-partner Myra Hindley is one of the most notorious UK serial killers. The couple tortured and murdered five children before burying them at Manchester’s Saddleworth Moor in the 1960s.
Hindley died aged 60 in 2002 and Brady is currently 73.
Scotland’s obesity related surgeries double
The Herald reports weight-loss surgery in Scotland’s NHS has increased by 52 per cent in just three years. A Freedom of Information investigation has showed a total of 309 bariatric surgeries have been performed last year, compared to 203 in 2007/2008.
Yorkshire councils spend thousands of pounds in Speaking Clock
FoIA requests logged by The Northern Echo revealed that amidst massive public sector cuts, local authorities in the North-East and North Yorkshire have paid more than £4,000 in the last two years to the BT’s Speaking Clock. Figures show the staff has in total checked the time 12,000 times.