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Police confirm they're looking into doll torture claims

Dolls are used as therapy for some elderly patients Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that they received a report about a number of "concerning images" that had been taken by a staff member at the Ashbourne House nursing home in Middleton.

The statement comes after an unsettling video was released which appeared to show staff members at the homethrowing a doll to the floor while shouting 'die baby, die!'

The dolls are used to comfort some elderly patients at the home.

"At around 9am on Friday 22 January 2016, police were called about a number of concerning images that had been taken by staff at a care home in Middleton.

"Officers from the Rochdale Public Protection Investigation Unit have liaised with adult services to assess any safeguarding concerns.

"Police are now looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident."

– GMP Spokesperson

Detective Inspector Lee Hopwood of GMP’s Rochdale Division said “We take reports of this nature extremely seriously and we are now investigating the possibility that a criminal offence may have been committed.

“I understand incidents like this can cause a lot of concern but I would like to urge members of the public to allow us to investigate and deal with this matter.”

– Detective Inspector Lee Hopwood

In the video a colleague of the female staff member asks her: “How do you feel that you’ve just done that? How do you feel?”

The woman can be heard loudly laughing, then responding: “Great, because [resident's name] is upset.”

  1. By Mel Barham, ITV News

Take Heart: How North West scientists are leading the fight against heart disease

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Coronary heart disease is the biggest killer in the UK, but research taking place in Manchester is leading the way to a better future for many.

A team at the University of Manchester - funded by the British Heart Foundation - are looking into conditions such as congenital heart disease, as well as research into inherited heart conditions.

One family whose lives have been saved thanks to that research are the Whittakers from Bacup.

They're here today thanks to pioneering work being done by scientists here.

Our correspondent Mel Barham looks at how the North West is leading the way when it comes to heart research.

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Someone else who knows the value of that skill is the comedian Ted Robbins when he collapsed on stage.

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In the second of her reports, Mel Barham spoke to Ted and footballer Anthony Jacobs about how important it can be to learn how to save a life:

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