Arrests made in investigation into COVID care home deaths


Isle of Man (IOM) Constabulary have arrested five people as part of an investigation into the deaths of 20 care home residents during a care home coronavirus outbreak.

The police investigation was launched in June following the outbreak at Abbotswood Nursing Home in Ballasalla.

The BBC revealed that the IOM Constabulary has sent a letter to residents’ relatives confirming it had questioned five people about suspect “criminal and/or health and safety offences”.

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A spokesman for IOM Constabulary told the BBC: “IOM Constabulary can confirm the information detailed and will not be making any more comment on the investigation.”

The letter read: “The compiling of the report and associated documentation is already under way for us to seek independent UK advice on the matter.

“The individuals have all been bailed to mid-February to allow sufficient time for this to take place.”

The Isle of Man Department of Health took over management of the home on 13 April following the outbreak.

Residents were moved out of the home in the following month.

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