Police have interviewed four care workers over physical mistreatment allegations at a West Sussex care home.
Sussex Police confirmed it had investigated allegations of physical mistreatment and a lack of safeguarding of residents at Horncastle Care Centre in Sharpthorne.
A police spokesperson said: “Four care workers at the centre, two women both aged 56, a man aged 68 and a man aged 50, have been interviewed by appointment under caution, on suspicion of ill-treatment of a total of 12 residents (nine men and three women) and a report has been sent to the CPS.”
The service, which is now closed, was rated Inadequate by the CQC following an inspection in February and March. Horncastle was not part of an initial police investigation into the deaths of 12 residents at care homes run by Sussex Health Care (SHC) between April 2015 and June 2017 but has been subject to a period of increased monitoring and support by local authority commissioners.
An SHC spokesperson said: “Our priority at all times is to provide the best care for those we support. When any issues or allegations are made that may compromise this, we take them extremely seriously.
“At that time – more than 18 months ago – we took appropriate action and fully co-operated with the police, regulators and authorities. All safeguarding incidents relating to this home were closed by the appropriate authority earlier this year. However, the investigation has yet to be concluded by the police and we continue to work with them, as we always have. Where these investigations remain live, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”