Gosport War Memorial Hospital death: Families hand in petition signed by more than 100,000 demanding criminal prosecutions

IT WAS an emotional day as a petition calling for justice for more than 650 people who died at Gosport War Memorial Hospital was handed in to Downing Street today.

Carrying a large box containing the petition, Bridget Devine-Reeves said today was an important step forward for the justice families seek.

Bridget Devine-Reeves outside 10 Downing Street, London where she handed in a petition to prime minister Theresa May calling for criminal prosecution to start over the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Bridget Devine-Reeves outside 10 Downing Street, London where she handed in a petition to prime minister Theresa May calling for criminal prosecution to start over the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Bridget, whose 88-year-old grandmother Elsie Devine died at the hospital, said knocking on the door of 10 Downing Street and delivering the petition for prime minister Theresa May was crucial to the possible start of criminal proceedings.

Back in June the Gosport Independent Panel released its findings on deaths that happened at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1989 and 2001 in June.

The four-year report found 456 patients had their lives shortened after being administered opioids without medical justification. It found another 200 ‘probably’ had their live shortened.

Chairman Bishop James Jones said in the findings there was a 'disregard for human life', a statement many relatives of those who died found difficult to cope with.

Bridget Devine-Reeves outside 10 Downing Street, London where she handed in a petition to prime minister Theresa May calling for criminal prosecution to start over the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Bridget Devine-Reeves outside 10 Downing Street, London where she handed in a petition to prime minister Theresa May calling for criminal prosecution to start over the deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. Picture: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Bridget's grandmother Elsie Devine was one of the patients who died. For the past 19 years Bridget and her mother Ann Reeves have been fighting for answers into what happened when she died.

Speaking to The News outside 10 Downing Street, determined Bridget said: 'I have to try to feel hopeful. I came here today to call on Theresa May to bring the families' wish for criminal proceedings.

'I hope she listens to our pleas and reads the story of what happened to my grandmother. The report is damning and if grave concern that we feel the top government hear about it.'

The 42-year-old, who lived in Fareham when her grandmother was treated at the hospital, added: 'It speaks volumes we got more than 100,000 signatures for the petition.

'The Bishop's words "disregard for human life" shows why I am here today and why we are fighting for justice.'

Hampshire police handed over its responsibility to Kent and Essex’s serious crime directorate.

The Hampshire force was heavily criticised for its botched probes into the deaths.