The families of five elderly residents who died suddenly at a Northampton care home have welcomed a decision by police to re-open the investigation into their deaths.
They were all residents at the Parkside House Nursing Home between July and August 2009.
Detectives say a criminal investigation would have taken place at the time but wasn't possible because the Coroner found the deaths had been due natural causes.
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An investigation into the deaths of five residents of a former Northampton care home is to be reopened by Northamptonshire Police.
Between July and August 2009, five residents of the Parkside House Nursing Home in St Matthew’s Parade, Northampton, died.
At the time the Coroner ruled they died from natural causes as there was no evidence to suggest that neglect was a direct cause of death.
However, after reviewing the findings of an investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Northamptonshire Police has decided to reopen its investigation.
– Detective Sergeant Ashley Turner, Northamptonshire Police
“We are taking on board the views of the relatives of the five people who died and they are 100 per cent supportive of the police investigation.
“We would also like to speak to anybody who had friends or relatives at Parkside during the time our investigation covers.
“And we would urge any health professionals to come forward if they have any information which they think could help us.”
The investigation into the former home, which closed shortly after the five people died, is expected to last several months.
Anyone with any information which they believe might be helpful to the investigation can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555111.