‘Suspected wilful neglect’ investigated at Worcestershire care homes


Arrests have been made as part of an investigation into “suspected wilful neglect” at two care homes in Wychavon, Worcestershire.

The investigation concerns Brooklands (pictured) and Hawthorns care home which are operated by Yunicorn.

Detective Inspector for Vulnerability of West Mercia Police, Gareth Lougher, said: “An investigation has been launched into suspected wilful neglect within two care homes in Wychavon. The facilities in Wychbold and Evesham both had residents with additional care and support needs.

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The residents within the care home in Wychbold have been moved to alternative accommodation. A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to the investigation. Both have been bailed to return to the police station at a later date, pending further enquiries. As part of the inquiry a number of individuals have been spoken to. The investigation is on-going.”

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said its adult social care services department has been working with safeguarding, local health and services, and the CQC on a number of concerns raised at the homes.

The CQC said it inspected in Brooklands and Hawthorns in July following concerns for people’s welfare and will publish its findings and details of any action “as soon as legal restrictions allow”.

A spokesperson for Brooklands and Hawthorns care homes said: “We are aware of ongoing investigations by the authorities and we have given our full cooperation to these.”

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