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Woman arrested after taking her mother from care home

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A woman has been arrested after removing her elderly mother from her care home.

Retired nurse Ylenia Angeli told the BBC she took the “drastic action” after not being able to see her 97-year-old mother, who lives with dementia, for nine months.

Ms Angeli and her daughter, former Coronation Street actress, Leandro Ashton, were arrested after Humberside Police responded to a report of an assault at a care home in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire on Tuesday morning.

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Ms Ashton said the family had been at “breaking point” after the home had stopped window visits following lockdown and had acted on impulse in a “moment of high emotion”.

“My mum has wanted to look after for her for a very long time and it just seemed like an opportunity to physically take her,” she added.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble said: “We responded to a report of an assault at a care home in Market Weighton in East Yorkshire at 11.15am yesterday (Tuesday 3 November 2020).

“The care home had also reported that a woman who they were legally responsible for had been taken from the home by her daughter.

“Officers found both women along with a third woman nearby and informed them that they would need to return the lady to the home, as is their legal duty to do so.

“The situation was distressing and emotional for everyone and the woman did not want her mother to be returned to the care home staff.

“The officer in attendance had to ensure that that everyone was safe and in particular the 97 year old lady who was frail and vulnerable and so made the decision to briefly restrain the 73 year old woman until the situation was calm and under control. Officers then returned the elderly lady to the home.

“The 73 year old lady was then immediately unrestrained, de-arrested and allowed to return home with her daughter. She and her daughter thanked the officers for the way they had dealt with the incident.

“We understand that this is an emotional and difficult situation for all those involved.  We sympathise with all families who are in this position and will continue to provide whatever support we can to both parties.”

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