Police probe multiple rape and sexual abuse allegations at NHS mental health unit

December 17, 2021, 08:36 | Updated: December 17, 2021, 09:00

There have been 13 police allegations related to Kingfisher Court in Radlett (file photo).

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LBC has uncovered several reports of rape and sexual assault at the NHS Mental Health Unit in Hertfordshire.

Over the past five years, there have been 13 police charges related to Kingfisher Court in Radlett. None of these reports has so far led to any criminal prosecution.

The most recent was Jenny’s son Tom, a young man with autism and psychosis.

Tom was split at Kingfisher Court last year, and his mother said it was clear from the start that there were protection issues.

There were warnings of a “gang” running on the ward, and the introduction of medication from other patients.

“The protection should have been lifted immediately. In my opinion, the boy with autism should not be in that environment,” she said.

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Tom was suddenly transferred to another hospital in Colchester, before being discharged without warning.

His family did not understand, but after a few days he told his mother that before moving on he had been raped by two other patients.

Jenny’s voice breaks as she thinks of what he has suffered, where he has gone to get better: “To go through this ordeal in a mental health hospital where you should feel safe. It is unimaginable.

“Also, I signed the papers – I could have signed it at any time.

“Until I know this happened to my son when I could have gotten him out of the situation – it’s heartbreaking.”

This deteriorated his mental health, leaving Tom with a tremendous amount of untreated trauma and damage: “He regularly has flashbacks, people’s shoes, people’s hairstyles, people’s voices…

“He has nightmares, and he calls me most of the time in the morning when he sees them in his sleep and feels like it’s happening all over again.”

But she says he has not been offered any mental health support from the NHS who has only said there is an ongoing police investigation so they can’t intervene.

Jenny’s biggest fear is that there are many victims like Tom out there who, due to the nature of their illnesses, will not be properly believed.

The University of Hertfordshire’s NHS Foundation Trust says they cannot comment on the ongoing investigation, but said in a statement:

“Trust is committed to ensuring the safety of all users of the Service in our care. We take any allegations of sexual assault seriously, and always work closely with and support the police in any investigations they conduct.”

Hertfordshire Police told LBC: “Officers from the Hertfordshire Police Sex Crimes Investigation Team are currently investigating allegations of rape in Radlett. The incident allegedly occurred in November 2020, involving a male victim. Investigations are continuing at this time.”

“We take all allegations of sexual assault seriously, regardless of the circumstances or since when the crime occurred.

“We will always do everything in our power to gather the evidence necessary to bring cases to court and the courts of the perpetrators.”

(Names in this piece have been changed to protect the identity of those involved)

Additional reporting by Lucy Bacon

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