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'Carer' found asleep convicted of 19 neglect offences

Westlands Residential Home in High Street, Olney, Bucks.

A carer who was found sleeping in an armchair after the alarms of residents she was supposed to be looking after had been disabled was today convicted by a jury of neglecting 19 vulnerable adults.

Henretta Offae, aged 41, of St Chad's Road, Derby, was found guilty of 19 counts of ill treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity today, following a re-trial at Amersham Crown Court.

Each of the charges relates to 19 resident at Westlands Residential Home in High Street, Olney, Bucks, where she was working.

At 3am on 18 August 2011 Offae was found asleep in an armchair by a manager while she was supposed to be caring for the residents at the home, which specialises in looking after vulnerable adults with dementia.

After she was caught, it was discovered that residents alarms had been disabled, some had two or three continence pads on and no paperwork was completed for the five hours she had worked indicating no care had been administered.

Following the verdicts, investigating officer Detective Constable Marcus Miller said: "We were notified in August 2011 of a number of vulnerable adult safeguarding referrals, made by Westlands Residential Home in Olney.

"The crimes Offae has been convicted for were committed without any consideration for the welfare of the extremely vulnerable and elderly adults she was paid to care for. Offae did everything she could to ensure her own sleep wasn't disturbed, putting the health and lives of residents at risk."


Trial of care workers accused of falling asleep

Two carers from a care home near Milton Kenyes are facing 19 charges of ill treatment or neglect after a photograph taken by their manager that allegedly shows them asleep on a night shift.

The prosecution claim Titilayo Ajala and Henretta Offae had unplugged the alarms of elderly patients at the Westlands care home in Olney so that they would not be disturbed.

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Jury told carers were asleep on night shift

A picture shown to the jury of two care workers allegedly asleep on a night shift. Credit: Crown Prosecution Service

A court has been shown a photograph that allegedly shows two carers asleep on a nightshift at a care home near Milton Keynes.

Aylesbury Crown Court's been told that Titilayo Ajala and Henretta Offae were found apparently asleep. The court heard they had unplugged the alarms of elderly patients at the Westlands care home in Olney so that they would not be disturbed.

The pair face 19 charges of ill-treatment or neglect.

The jury was told the picture was taken by the care home manager in an unannounced visit at 2.40am on August 18 2011.

The defence put it to team leader Barbara May that Ms Offae was not asleep but was resting and had her eyes closed.

The trial continues.

Jazz musician Terry Lightfoot dies

Terry Lightfoot performing at the Mundesley Jazz Festival in Norfolk in 2010 Credit: ojaymedia

The Jazz musician and Band Leader Terry Lightfoot has died at the age of 77.

He had been suffering from Prostate Cancer and passed away on Friday 15th March 2013.

For the past 5 years the Jazz musician and his wife Iris had been living in Olney in Buckinhamshire, near Milton Keynes.

Terry Lightfoot was born in Potters Bar in Hertfordshire and enjoyed a successful musical career.

He performed with numerous well known musicians, including trumpeter Kenny Ball, who also died this month.

Terry Lightfoot performing with his daughter Melinda at The Stables Theatre in Milton Keynes 2011 Credit: ojaymedia

In the 1960s, he appeared on the Morcambe and Wise Show and was the resident Band on Des O’Connor’s first Television Series.

Apart from a spell as the Landlord of the Three Horseshoes Pub in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, Terry Lightfoot toured until the summer of 2012.

He is survived by wife Iris, and daughters Michele and Melinda.


World's oldest pancake race

Schoolchildren line up for the oldest pancake race in the country Credit: Russell Hookey / ITV Anglia

Britain's oldest pancake race is being held in Olney near Milton Keynes.

The race dates back to 1445 and it's believed it all began with a woman who was late for the Shriving service at Olney Parish Church.

The main race happens shortly before noon but children's races are held during the morning.

Taking part in the world oldest pancake races at Olney near Milton Keynes Credit: Russell Hookey / ITV Anglia

Town gets ready for world's oldest pancake race

Olney pancake race Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the oldest pancake races in the country will be taking place at Olney in Buckinghamshire this morning.

The race dates back to 1445 and covers four hundred and forty five yards from the market Place to the Church.

To be eligible to take part competitors must have lived in the town for at least three months.