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FULL REPORT: Penrith care home abuse scandal

The daughter of one of the victims of a care home abuse scandal has spoken of her heartbreak.

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, Doreen Hodgson says that she's angry with the care workers who assaulted her mother but doesn't want to see them jailed.

23-year-old Chevonne Benson, 22-year-old William Bowman and 21-year-old Claire Strong admitted to a string of offences against vulnerable, elderly people at a Penrith care home last year.

The abuse took place at Beacon Edge Nursing home over a nine month period.

Care home abusers face jail

Three care workers could be jailed after abusing vulnerable, elderly people in their care. The three have pleaded guilty to ill treating residents at Beacon Edge Nursing home in Penrith.

23-year-old Chevonne Benson admitted 10 charges including taunting residents at the home and pulling the hair of a 90-year-old woman.

William Bowman, 22, pleaded guilty to six charges, on one occasion looking up a resident's night dress.

Claire Short, 21, admitted three offences at a previous hearing. They will be sentenced on 24 October at Carlisle Crown Court.


Disgraced Councillor jailed for further 4 years.

Tony Brunskill will serve a total of 14 years for sexually abusing boys. Credit: ITV Border

Tony Brunskill, the former Eden Council chairman and businessman, has been jailed for a further four years after admitting sexually abusing a fourth victim. He admitted the further charges, committed between 1975 and 1981, when he worked at Rossall School in Fleetwood in Lancashire.

Brunskill is already serving a 10 year sentence for abusing three other schoolboys. Carlisle Crown Court heard he lavished the boy, who was aged between 11 and 13 years old, with gifts before abusing him.

In a statement, which was read out to the court, his victim described feeling 'trapped and disgusted' and said Brunskill was "like a spider, weaving his web of entrapment."

The 66 year old appeared in the dock from prison and stood with his head bowed as the judge told him he was 'deeply manipulative and had grossly abused his position of trust.'