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Manager at Orchid View denies tampering with records

A manager of a care home at the centre of neglect allegations has denied telling a colleague to shred a residents medical records. An inquest is investigating the deaths of 19 elderly people at the Orchid View home at Copthorne in Sussex.

The court has heard that one resident had been given three times the correct dose of medication. It is alleged her notes were later tampered with. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Woman arrested after death in care home

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence by police investigating the death of an 89-year-old West Sussex care home resident.

The 44-year-old suspect, from Tunbridge Wells, was held by detectives examining suspected neglect at Orchid View care home in Copthorne.

The arrest relates to the death in May 2010 of Jean Halfpenny who was a resident at the home. The woman who was arrested is in police custody at an undisclosed location.

Sussex Police launched an inquiry last year into alleged neglect at Orchid View, which has since closed and reopened under a new name and new management.

The wider investigation, which is being carried out in conjunction with the NHS, West Sussex County Council's adult services and HM Coroner for West Sussex, continues to be a long and complex investigation and we are unable to go into further details at this time.

"The next of kin of all former patients who are subject of this investigation have been visited by Sussex Police."

– Sussex Police spokesman

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Care home death: man arrested

The Orchid View Care Centre in Copthorne, near Crawley Credit: ITV Meridian

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence in relation to a death at a Sussex care home.

The 28-year-old man was arrested at HMP Dartmoor, where he resides on unrelated matters, today by detectives investigating neglect at Orchid View care home in Copthorne.

He is being interviewed by Sussex officers in Devon and Cornwall force area today.

A Sussex Police investigation was launched last year examining neglect at the care home. The care home has since closed and reopened under a new name and new management.

As a result of the investigation the arrest today has been made. It relates to the death of Jean Halfpenny, 89, in April 2010 who was a resident at the care home.

Sussex care home death: man arrested

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence in relation to a death at a Sussex care home.

The 28-year-old man was arrested at HMP Dartmoor, where he resides on unrelated matters, today by detectives investigating neglect at Orchid View care home in Copthorne.

He is being interviewed by Sussex officers in Devon and Cornwall force area today.

A Sussex Police investigation was launched last year examining neglect at the care home. The care home has since closed and reopened under a new name and new management.

As a result of the investigation the arrest today has been made. It relates to the death of Jean Halfpenny, 89, in April 2010 who was a resident at the care home.

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