I telespettatori di BBC Breakfast "hanno il cuore spezzato".’ alla storia dell'uomo sezionato per 21 anni

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

Over two decades ago, Tony Hickmott was sectioned after he had a salute mentale 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 anni fa

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

He was declared fit for discharge in 2013Credito: BBC

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

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

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, una persona ha scritto: “I’m equally heartbroken and furious for poor Tony. 21 years basically in prison for being autistic. Shameful.

Facendo eco ai loro commenti, qualcun altro ha detto: “Heartbreaking moment on BBC Breakfast just then. Justice for Tony!”

Mentre un terzo ha aggiunto: “Decades lost for these people with unmet needs – orribile!”

There are around 2,000 people with learning disabilities or autism detained in specialist hospitals across Inghilterra.

A recent BBC investigation revealed 100 di loro, including Mr Hickmott, have been held for longer than 20 anni.

L'anno scorso, 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 parentsCredito: BBC

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