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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Arrests in probe into Cumbrian care home ‘behaviour’

Police have arrested two people as part of an investigation into allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” towards residents at a Penrith nursing home.

Managers at the Bupa run Beacon Edge care home stressed that no individual has been harmed.

A statement released by Cumbria Constabulary confirmed that officers have arrested a 22-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man. Both were released on bail.

A police spokeswoman said: “Detectives in the Public Protection Unit are currently investigating safeguarding concerns at the Beacon Edge nursing home.

“Two people – a man and a woman – have been arrested in connection with these issues and are currently on bail whilst enquiries continue. No individual has been harmed and all of the residents are receiving the correct support. A woman aged 22 and a man aged 21 arrested in connection with allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards vulnerable residents at the care home.”

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “The owners of the home have voluntarily suspended new admissions at this time.

“The county council is working with Beacon Edge, the NHS other agencies to ensure that the current residents are being appropriately supported.”

Sarah Melia, a director with Bupa in the north, said: “We always report any issues, however rare, to the police and relevant authorities and, as in this case, we actively support their investigation.”

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