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Family's guilt and anger after father's care home abuse

A relative of a dementia sufferer who was mistreated at a nursing home in Lancaster has spoken of his anger as four care workers are set to be sentenced today.

Michael Rowlinson said his family's decision to place his father, Norman, a retired chartered surveyor, into care was the "worst day of our lives".

Residents at Hillcroft nursing home were mocked, bullied and tormented by four care workers. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/

Reading an impact statement in court, he said: "We had feelings of guilt for not being able to look after him.

"Our feelings of guilt only worsened when we found out that Dad had been subjected to humiliation and ill-treatment by those who were trusted to care for him.

"We feel angry this could have been allowed to happen...the experience has broken down our trust."

Mr Rowlinson added he did not believe the Care and Quality Commission had held Hillcroft to account.

Read: Care workers to be sentenced after abusing patients

Care workers to be sentenced after abusing patients

Four care workers who ill-treated elderly dementia sufferers at a nursing home in Lancashire will be sentenced today.

A general view of Hillcroft nursing home in Slyne-with-Hest, Lancaster. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive

Residents were bullied, mocked and tormented at Hillcroft nursing home because they would have no memory of the abuse, with one man having his foot stamped on deliberately and another tipped out of his wheelchair.

The victims were also pelted with bean bags at their heads "for entertainment", jurors at Preston Crown Court heard.

In November, Carol Ann Moore, 54, Katie Cairns, 27, and Gemma Pearson, 28, were found guilty by a jury of ill-treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity, under the Mental Capacity Act, after a four week trial.

Darren Smith, 35, from Lancaster, admitted eight counts of ill-treatment ahead of the trial.


140 jobs axed as Pilkington closes St Helens factory

A Pilkington glass factory in St Helens will close. Credit: PA

A factory which makes glass for the building industry is to close with the loss of 140 jobs in a "devastating blow" to the economy.

Pilkington said that, following a business review, it had decided to end manufacturing at its Cowley Hill float site in St Helens, Lancashire.

A company statement said: "The current economic downturn has impacted severely on float glass volumes, resulting in overcapacity, reduced prices and lack of profitability in the float product segment for the company in the UK.

"As a result, a decision has been taken to adjust production capacity to match profitable customer demand.

Five children arrested over suspected school arson

Five children have been arrested after a fire destroyed a school in Leyland, Lancashire that was due to reopen tomorrow after the summer holidays.

Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College in Royal Avenue was devastated by the blaze, which broke out shortly after 4pm yesterday.

About 10 fire engines remained at the scene in the early hours of this morning
About 10 fire engines remained at the scene in the early hours of this morning Credit: ITV Granada

Five boys between 11 and 15 were being held on suspicion of arson, Lancashire Police said.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said 125 firefighters and 20 engines were used to tackle the blaze.

The cause of the fire is being investigated and is thought to be suspicious, the service said.

Roads cleared of huge snow drifts in Lancashire

Diggers have been ploughing through deep snow drifts to clear country lanes in the Burnley area of Lancashire.

A young man was found dead in this area on Saturday after trying to walk home through the snow after a night out.

Snow covers a road leading to the small village of Wycoller near Burnley Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Snow drifts in excess of five metres deep (16ft 4in) have been reported on roads in many areas of northern England.

A farmhand makes her way through a wall of snow piled up along a road in the Briercliffe area of Burnley
A farmhand makes her way through a wall of snow piled up along a road in the Briercliffe area of Burnley Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
A runner makes his way up a cleared road flanked by deep snow in Burnley Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Heavy snow and harsh winds blight Britain

The body of a 27-year-old man has been found in deep snow in Burnley.

Police believe he was on his way home from a night out with friends when he got caught up in the bad weather conditions last night.

It comes as heavy snow and harsh winds continue to blight many parts of the UK, playing havoc with travel plans, sports fixtures and power supplies.

More than 70 people had to be rescued from their cars in Cumbria after being stranded in huge drifts overnight.

ITV News Correspondent Debi Edward reports:


Public urged to 'take precautions' after man's death

Lancashire Police have urged people to "take precautions" and only go out "if necessary" following the death of a man who was on his way home from a night out during severe weather conditions.

Chief Inspector Derry Crorken from Burnley Police said:

The snow and ice has been severe in the area with many roads not passable.

I would urge people to take precautions and only go out if it is necessary and if you do go out then make sure friends and family know where you are and that you have suitable clothing on and your phone with you.

“Understandably this is a very difficult time for the man’s family and we have specially trained officers offering them support", CI Crorken added.

Sex change primary school teacher is found dead

The announcement of Miss Meadows' death was posted on the school's website yesterday Credit: St Mary Magdalen's C of E Primary School

A primary school teacher who began the new term as a woman has been found dead.

Pupils at St Mary Magdalen's C of E Primary School in Accrington in Lancashire, and their parents were told in December that she wanted to be addressed as Miss Lucy Meadows after the Christmas break.

Miss Meadows thanked school governors and staff for their support when she announced her transition plans, but some parents' concern was reported in the media.

The 32-year-old's body was found at a house in Accrington on Tuesday. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

For help and advice relating to this issue you can contact the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 in the UK or 1850 60 9090 in the Republic of Ireland.

Police warn escaped murderer is increasingly dangerous

Police have warned that a convicted murderer who absconded while on day-release from prison poses a "higher risk to the public" the longer he is on the run.

The longer he is away from prison, the stronger the possibility he could become a higher risk to the public.

Lynch has little money on him and has been in prison since he was 19-years-old so will not be familiar with any of his surroundings and may approach people and ask for money or directions ...

Although he could still be in Lancashire, we do still believe there is a possibility he may be trying to travel back to the Greater Manchester area from where he originates.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Gilbert, lancashire police

Police urge the public to stag vigilant and to report any sightings to Lancashire Police by dialling 999. Information can be passed on by calling 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Read: Police release CCTV images of escaped murderer

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