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False alarm at Broadmoor Hospital

Alert message sent 05/12/2019 16:43:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Please see the below message issued by Broadmoor Hospital following the false alarm that sounded in the Crowthorne area this morning:

“We would like to reassure residents in Crowthorne and surrounding areas that there is no cause for concern after a siren sounded at Broadmoor Hospital this morning (Thursday 5 December). The old siren system at Broadmoor Hospital was accidentally activated which caused the siren to sound at 7am. The system was manually deactivated at 7.35am.  Thames Valley Police were immediately notified and the false alarm was cascaded via their Twitter account. We apologise for any disruption this may have caused local residents.”

You may have had information over the last couple of years about the decommissioning of the 13 sirens in and around the area of Broadmoor Hospital and the process set in place following this modernisation.

Over the last few months, Thames Valley Police has been working with Broadmoor Hospital to encourage sign-ups to the Thames Valley Alerts system within the siren areas. Please find below some useful information to explain how and why this system is being used and what you can expect:
  • TV Alerts is not a replacement for the sirens, but in the unlikely event of a patient escape or another emergency situation, the system will be used to directly notify residents and provide any safety advice as required. Today, due to it being a false alarm this process was not instigated, however we recognise the concern that this must have caused to the local communities and together with Broadmoor Hospital, we will be looking at how we can improve our communications in the future.
  • This system will not be used to share any other Broadmoor Hospital messages. 
  • TV Alerts does not replace the current schools cascade system, which will remain in place and managed by Broadmoor Hospital.
  • TV Alerts is managed by Thames Valley Police and is used to share information on police incidents and news in your area. You will receive these types of messages automatically when you register to Thames Valley Alert. So, if you see other alerts coming into your inbox, this is nothing to worry about and is part of our normal engagement with residents.
Please let us know if you have any questions otherwise please share this information with friends and family in the area who may not yet be signed up to Thames Valley Alerts.
 
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Cristina Bratu (Police, Comms, HQ)

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