Charlotte Andrews,BBC News, South

Watch: Former psychiatric hospital Broadmoor ablaze

A fire has broken out on the site of a former psychiatric hospital where notorious criminals were held.

Flames were seen in a derelict building at the old Broadmoor Hospital site on Chaplains Hill in Crowthorne, Berkshire, just after 09:30 BST.

A well-developed fire was discovered in the building and crews are likely to remain on scene for some time, according to Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

No injuries have been reported.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service roof of former Broadmoor Hospital building which has been burntRoyal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Crews have been tackling the fire since about 09:30 BST

The fire service confirmed the blaze was not located at the current hospital site and there was no risk to patients and staff.

Around 40 firefighters were working to extinguish the flames, it added.

People in the area have been warned to stay clear of the site and keep their windows and doors shut.

Thames Valley Police officers are also on the scene.

West London Mental Health NHS BroadmoorWest London Mental Health NHS

The infamous Broadmoor Hospital building was completed in the 1860s

Built in 1863, the Grade II-listed building was the country’s first asylum for the criminally insane.

The Victorian hospital housed notorious criminals including gangster Ronnie Kray and serial killer Peter Sutcliffe.

The 150-year old site closed its doors in 2019.

Patients and staff were moved into the new Broadmoor Hospital, a £250m high-security site for men detained under the Mental Health Act.

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