Lancaster nursing home abuse trial

The trial has got underway of three people accused of abusing elderly and vulnerable residents at Hillcroft nursing home near Lancaster.

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Police statement on nursing home abuse

Carol Moore, Katie Cairns and Gemma Pearson

Detective Inspector Andy Hulme from Lancashire Police said: “I am pleased with the verdicts today.

These victims represent some of the most vulnerable members of our community who have been subjected to ill treatment at the hands of people who were entrusted to care for them and improve their quality of life.

Instead Smith, Moore, Cairns and Pearson showed a total disregard for their wellbeing, displaying contemptible behaviour that should never be tolerated.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend those members of staff who had the courage and decency to speak out against this despicable behaviour.

If it wasn’t for their brave actions we may not be where we are today."

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Three carers found guilty of nursing home abuse

Hillcroft Nursing home Credit: PA

Three care workers have been found guilty of neglecting and ill-treating elderly residents at a North Lancashire care home.

Carol Moore, 54, Katie Cairns, 27, and Gemma Pearson, 28, were all convicted of being a carer involved in the ill treatment and wilful neglect of a person with lack of capacity contrary to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 at Preston Crown Court.

Cairns of Riverview Court, Morecambe was found guilty of three offences, Pearson of Hill Street, Carnforth and Moore of Ripon Avenue, Lancaster were both convicted of one offence.

Moore, who was initially charged with three offences, was found not guilty of the two other offences.

Earlier this year, a fourth person, Darren Smith, 35, of Howgill Avenue, Lancaster pleaded guilty to eight offences of being a carer involved in the ill treatment and wilful neglect of a person with lack of capacity contrary to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

The charges related to the mistreatment of seven men and one woman between May 2010 and September 2011.

All the victims had been diagnosed as suffering from dementia.

The group were found to have abused residents in their care in a number of ways: they mocked them, bullied them and on occasions deliberately assaulted them.

Most of the neglect and ill treatment related to instances of throwing bean bags and balls deliberately at the residents.

All four will be sentenced on Friday 10th January at Preston Crown Court.

Court hears of abuse allegations at nursing home

One of the defendants, Carol Moore, 54, faces six charges including slapping a resident and throwing beanbags and balls at residents.

Defendant Katie Cairns, 27, faces four charges including stamping on a residents foot and throwing balls and beanbags at others and mocking, flicking the nipples and touching another patient's loose neck skin.

Gemma Pearson, 28, is charged with tipping a patient out of his chair.

Lancaster nursing home abuse trial starts

Hillcroft Nursing home Credit: PA

The trial has got underway of three people accused of abusing elderly and vulnerable residents at a care home near Lancaster.

The three defendants were employed as carers at the Hillcroft nursing home in Slyne-with-Hest.

The alleged victims have been diagnosed as suffering from dementia.

27-year old Katie Cairns of Riverview Court, Morecambe faces four charges, 54-year old Carol Moore of Ripon Avenue, Lancaster is accused of six offences and 28-year old Gemma Pearson of Hill Street, Carnforth is charged with one offence.

The offences are alleged to have happened between May 2010 and Setember 2011 at unit at the home for residents with challenging behaviour.

The defendants deny the charges.

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