Jail's luxury food scandal

Gourmet diners ... from left, Peter Sutcliffe (the Yorkshire Ripper), Ian Kay, Peter Bryan and Kenneth Erskine

May 12, 2007
The Sun

PAMPERED murderers at Broadmoor Hospital have cooked up a row over the amount of CHICKEN in their tikka.

The patients demanded extra meat in the curry sauce, more expensive bread and their ham trimmed of fat by chefs.

And they moaned they sometimes went without their favourite fizzy drinks, as the vending machines were not refilled frequently enough.

Chicken tikka masala is a spicy dish eaten with rice, similar to curry. Despite its resemblance to Indian food the dish is actually British - probably first created in Birmingham - and is actually the most popular dish in Britain. It's so popular that convicts are arguing now over the size of portions

Incredibly bosses at the topsecurity hospital in Berkshire — which houses some of Britain’s most notorious murderers and paedophiles — BOWED to the demands.

Managers had been confronted by the 16-strong patient council, which was set up to raise any complaints about treatment.

It represents all 240 patients, including Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Woolworths killer Ian Kay, Stockwell Strangler Kenneth Erskine and cannibal killer Peter Bryan, who ate a victim’s brain.

A Broadmoor insider said: “When the council was asked if they had any problems they went straight to the catering.

“This was despite the fact the food is of hotel quality and patients get three meals a day, two of which are hot.

“They said the chicken tikka on curry nights did not have enough pieces of chicken in the sauce and they wanted a guarantee of more.

“Then they said patients don’t like their freshly carved ham to have the fat bits still on — and demanded they were cut off in the kitchens before being served.

“And the Mother’s Pride bread was not popular and they wanted Kingsmill instead. The bosses rolled over and gave them everything they wanted. They are far happier to appease than obstruct.”

Managers also agreed an extra effort would be made to keep the vending machines stocked.

Patients at Broadmoor have the keys to their rooms, which contain TVs, DVDs and PlayStations.

Last night a Broadmoor spokesman had not commented on the food row. But a source said: “The sizes of portions is constantly under review and the amount of fat in meat is also reviewed for dietary reasons. The bread contract was changed some time ago.”