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

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

Over two decades ago, Tony Hickmott was sectioned after he had a saúde mental 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 anos atrás

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

He was declared fit for discharge in 2013Crédito: BBC

Mas no ano passado, a judge criticised his detention, telling authorities to find a home near his parents, no Brighton.

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

He’s coming home, Eu não posso acreditar nisso,” 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.

Ao lado de uma série de emojis tristes, uma pessoa escreveu: “I’m equally heartbroken and furious for poor Tony. 21 years basically in prison for being autistic. Shameful.

Ecoando seus comentários, outra pessoa disse: “Heartbreaking moment on BBC Breakfast just then. Justice for Tony!”

While a third added: “Decades lost for these people with unmet needs – horrível!”

Um incêndio na fábrica da PEPSI irrompeu em Piscataway 2,000 people with learning disabilities or autism detained in specialist hospitals across Inglaterra.

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

Ano passado, 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 parentsCrédito: BBC

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