Sources have revealed that sex offenders held under the Mental Health Act at Brooklands Hospital in Marston Green, Solihull, West Midlands are being allowed to visit out for several hours or entire days, in a bid to reintroduce them to community life.
"A lot go food and clothes shopping nearby. And they like having lunch at McDonald's or wherever," the Daily Star quoted a source as saying
However, Michelle Elliott, of charity Kidscape said: "If there are dangerous sex offenders being allowed out then the community has a right to know."
The hospital trust spokesman said that the offenders were allowed to go out under strict supervision.
"In all cases, appropriate arrangements are in place," he said.
"We take our responsibilities on these matters extremely seriously," he added.