Abuse probe care workers bailed

Hillcroft Nursing Home, Throstle Grove, Slyne wth Hest.
Hillcroft Nursing Home, Throstle Grove, Slyne wth Hest.

SIX care workers arrested in connection with suspected abuse of elderly residents at a care home near Lancaster have been released on bail.

The allegations centre on the Hillcroft Nursing Home in Throstle Grove, Slyne-with-Hest.

Police were called to the home in May after a complaint from a member of staff.

Five nurses and one matron, who no longer work at the care home, have been accused of neglect, ill treatment and physical abuse.

The two men, aged 34 and 26, and four women, aged 26, 27, 53 and 59, were arrested on suspicion of committing offences.

They were all bailed until November 14.

They were held under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983 at separate addresses in the Lancaster and Morecambe areas.

Police said mistreatment had allegedly taken place within the Challenging Behaviour Unit which cares for vulnerable adults with advanced Alzheimer’s.

The alleged incidents date back to December 2010, with the most recent being reported in February.