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Broadmoor asylum set to be sold off as flats

It has been home to some of the world's most notorious murderers. Now Broadmoor hospital, England's high-security psychiatric hospital, could be sold and converted into a hotel or flats.

The Victorian buildings, which house 260 of Britain's most dangerous and violent patients, may be transformed with the inmates' old rooms being turned into apartments or hotel bedrooms. The money raised by the sale would help to pay for a new psychiatric hospital for male patients, among them Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper. It is anticipated that the new hospital would cost around £288m (€320m).

A spokesman for West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which owns the 53-acre Broadmoor Hospital site near Crowthorne, Berkshire, said: "We have plans to build a new hospital alongside the existing Broadmoor site. These plans are currently with the Department of Health."