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Fourth woman arrested in care home investigation

The Old Deanery care home. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fourth woman has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations against care staff at the Old Deanery Care home in Braintree, Essex. The woman in her 40s from Braintree was questioned and released on police bail until July whilst enquiries continue.

The arrests came after a television documentary was broadcast, raising concerns about the treatment of residents.

Six more members of staff sacked at Essex care home following documentary

The Old Deanery. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six more staff have been sacked at a care home in Essex following allegations of abuse.

The Old Deanery near Braintree was the subject of a BBC Panorama investigation that was broadcast last night.

Secret filming appeared to show one resident being slapped.

The care worker responsible for apparently slapping the resident was dismissed earlier this week, while seven others were suspended.

Six of those have today been sacked, and a further case is being "urgently reviewed."


Braintree MP Brooks Newmark "shocked and appalled" by alleged poor care at Essex care home

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark says that he is "shocked and appalled" after secret cameras filmed alleged poor care of residents at a care home near the town.

Seven workers were suspended, and one sacked, following the release of the footage.

"I'm surprised, shocked and appalled to be honest," he said.

"I certainly condemn those care workers who perpetrated this. But there are 200 care workers there and the other 192 care workers probably on the whole do a good job."

Care worker sacked after being caught on camera allegedly slapping an elderly resident at Essex care home

The Old Deanery in Bocking. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Eight workers at a residential home near Braintree in Essex have been suspended after secret cameras filmed alleged poor care of residents.

One member of staff seen apparently slapping a resident was dismissed.

Anglia Retirement Homes said it had launched an independent inquiry into allegations of mistreatment at the Old Deanery in Bocking, after it was filmed by an undercover BBC reporter.

'Elderly Care Exposed' will be broadcast tonight.

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.


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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