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Eight workers suspended at Essex care home

Eight care workers at an Essex care home have been suspended after secret cameras filmed alleged poor care of residents.

Anglia Retirement Homes said it had launched an independent inquiry into the allegations after the BBC says it filmed staff mocking residents and ignoring their calls for help.

One care worker who was caught slapping a women was "summarily dismissed", it added.

The alleged mistreatment at the Old Deanery in Essex, a 93-bed home in Bocking, was filmed last year by an undercover reporter for the BBC.

  • Anglia Retirement Homes told the BBC the incidents involved a "small number of staff".

As soon as the new management team was made aware of the allegations we took immediate action.

We hired an independent law firm to carry out a full investigation as a matter of urgency. Eight staff were immediately suspended, and have not returned to work, pending a full inquiry.

Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our residents and we have more than 200 dedicated members of staff who remain committed to the highest standards of care."

– Anglia Retirement Homes statement

In its latest inspection in February the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reported the home had too few staff and some residents waited too long for staff to answer their calls.

The company was taken over by new owners last November. Elderly Care Exposed will be broadcast tonight.

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Braintree murder victim was new father

Michael Haastrup Credit: Essex Police

Police carrying out an investigation into a murder in Braintree have identified the man who died as Michael Haastrup, aged 24, from Southend. His family have issued a tribute to Michael who had recently become a father.

They said: "Michael was a new father, a son, a brother and a good friend who had his whole life ahead of him. He had just got a new job and had a lovely new home with his partner and new son.

"He was loved by many and helped people when he could. He used to bring in young homeless children to spend Christmas with his family to make them feel a part of this world again and bring hope into their lives."May his humble soul rest in peace."

Michael will be formally identified by HM Coroner when a inquest into his death is opened.

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of his murder currently remains in custody being questioned by detectives.

A 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed.

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Police appeal after man dies from stab wounds

Police in Essex have started a murder investigation after a man died in hospital from stab wounds following an incident in Braintree last night.

Officers were called to Cressing Road in Braintree at 11pm last night.

Braintree Credit: ITV Anglia

They found a 24 year old man suffering from stab wounds, he died from his injuries at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

A second man was also hurt but his injuries are not life threatening.

Luke Eva Credit: Essex Police

Police have issued a picture of 24 year old Luke Eva from Southend who they want to talk to in connection with the incident.

Two other people are being questioned by detectives who have issued an incident room number which is 01245 282103.

Police renew witness appeal after road crash

Police are urgently trying to contact witnesses who have not yet come forward to a serious road crash in Essex.

It happened on the A131 at High Garrett, between Braintree and Halstead, at 2.15pm on Sunday February 9.

A woman was air-lifted to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridgeshire with life-threatening injuries after a collision occurred between a black Ford KA and a black Mercedes convertible.

The driver of the Mercedes and a passenger from the Ford were taken to Broomfield Hospital but later released.

The woman remains in a critical condition in hospital and we are unable to speak to her. We are, therefore, very keen to speak to other motorists who were in the area at the time and may have seen the collision between these two vehicles or witnessed events leading up to it. We believe there was a queue of traffic at the location when this happened and I am confident that there were people sitting in their cars who have valuable information for our investigation."

– Sgt Damon Bainbridge, Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Essex school devastated by fire to be rebuilt

The John Ray Infant School. Credit: PA

An Essex school that was burnt to the ground last summer is to be rebuilt after councillors agreed to sanction signifiant funding.

It will cost over £7 million to carry out the work on The John Ray Infant School in Braintree which was devastated by fire in August.

The new school is expected to open next year.

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