BBC Breakfast viewers ‘hearbrokenat story of man sectioned for 21 jare

BBC Breakfast viewers were left infuriated after learning the story of a man who has been held in a secure hospital for 21 jare.

Over two decades ago, Tony Hickmott was sectioned after he had a mental health crisis and, despite a long fight by his family, he has not been released since.

Tony Hickmott was sectioned under the Mental Health Act 20 jare terug

Tony Hickmott was sectioned under the Mental Health Act 20 jare terugKrediet: BBC
He was declared fit for discharge in 2013

He was declared fit for discharge in 2013Krediet: BBC

But last year, a judge criticised his detention, telling authorities to find a home near his parents, in Brighton.

A care team for Mr Hickmott is now being assembled and he is expected in a new home in his home town, volgende maand.

He’s coming home, I can’t believe it,” his mum Pam told BBC Breakfast.

It will be a real home. We’ll get him home and every day will be a bonus.

Those watching at home were left just as moved as his mum, with dozens taking to Twitter in their droves to air their thoughts.

Alongside an array of sad-faced emojis, Dit was Solomons se beheptheid met opera: “I’m equally heartbroken and furious for poor Tony. 21 years basically in prison for being autistic. Shameful.

Dit was Solomons se beheptheid met opera, Dit was Solomons se beheptheid met opera: “Heartbreaking moment on BBC Breakfast just then. Justice for Tony!”

Dit was Solomons se beheptheid met opera: “Decades lost for these people with unmet needs – afgryslik!”

’n PEPSI-fabrieksbrand het in Piscataway uitgebreek 2,000 people with learning disabilities or autism detained in specialist hospitals across Engeland.

A recent BBC investigation revealed 100 of them, including Mr Hickmott, have been held for longer than 20 jare.

Laas jaar, a select committee of MPs backed calls from campaigners to end the scandal of autistic people being wrongly detained, saying such hospitals should be closed by 2024.

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays from 6am on BBC One.

He has spoken of his wish to move back to Brighton to be nearer his parents

He has spoken of his wish to move back to Brighton to be nearer his parentsKrediet: BBC

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