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Whistleblower says she tried to stop care home abuse

A whistleblower who worked at a care home where 11 former workers were arrested yesterday on suspicion of manslaughter has told ITV News she tried to stop the abuse.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals, said there was a "culture of neglect" at the residential home in Nottingham.

ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

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Six people arrested in care home probe bailed

The remaining six people arrested on suspicion of manslaughter as part of an investigation into the death of a former care home resident have been released on bail, Nottinghamshire Police said.

The now closed Autumn Grange residential home in Sherwood Rise, Nottingham
The now closed Autumn Grange residential home in Sherwood Rise, Nottingham Credit: Emma Sword/PA Wire

A total of 11 people have been arrested in connection with the death of 86-year-old Ivy Atkin soon after she was moved from Autumn Grange care home in Nottingham.

Three men aged 77, 44, and 37, and three women aged 52, 25, and 29, were bailed pending further enquiries.

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Five bailed in care home death inquiry

Five people arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of an elderly woman shortly after she was moved from a care home have been released on bail.

Ivy Atkin, 86, died on November 22 last year shortly after she had been moved following the closure of Autumn Grange care home in Sherwood Rise, Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police said two men, aged 56 and 64, and three women, aged 19, 20 and 28, were bailed pending further inquiries.

Six others, three men aged 37, 44 and 77 and three women aged 25, 29 and 52, remain in police custody where they are being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter as part of the inquiry.

Nottingham Council investigating 'care home death'

Nottingham Council have said that they are undertaking a Serious Case Review involving a range of partner agencies to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of Ivy Atkin, who died shortly after leaving the Autumn Grange care home.

Last year, when the owners of Autumn Grange informed us at short notice and in breach of their contract with us that they intended to close the home, we acted swiftly to move all residents to alternative homes. Sadly one resident later died, and I extend my sympathy to her family.

We have since been conducting a safeguarding investigation into issues at the home, in conjunction with the police and the Care Quality Commission and will continue to help the police with their investigation into the death of a former resident.

– Candida Brudenell, Nottingham City Council’s Director of Adult Social Services

Police investigate standards at care home

Police have said they are investigating standards of care at a home which closed last year as elven people have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after the death of an 86-year-old woman.

An investigation into the standard of care provided to residents at Autumn Grange is also under way and police are working closely with partner agencies to establish if any criminal offences took place.

– Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson

Eleven arrested in care home death inquiry

Eleven people have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a woman shortly after she was moved from a care home.

Ivy Atkin died on 22nd November last year, shortly after she moved out of Autumn Grange care home in Sherwood Rise.

Nottinghamshire Police said five men, aged between 37 and 77, and six women, aged between 19 and 52, had been arrested.

The home closed in 2012 when its council contract was suspended.

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Abuse claims at former children's home

Police are investigating more than 50 allegations of physical or sexual abuse at a former children's home.

Nottinghamshire Police said they are investigating claims that people were abused at the council-run Beechwood Children's Home in Mapperley, Nottinghamshire.

Some of the allegations date back nearly 30 years.

In 2011, six alleged victims came forward saying they had suffered abuse at Beechwood.

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Newark blast: Some residents return home

Residents in odd numbered properties of Wright Street have now gone back to their homes.

People from Private Street and even numbered properties in Wright Street are being asked to get ready for another night away from their homes.

Demolition and forensic work may continue to disrupt utility supplies to these properties.

Residents from affected properties should report to the Information Centre at Charles Street Methodist Church or contact the helpline on 0300 500 80 80.

National Grid will need to get into the properties to restore supply and carry out testing.

Couple who died after suspected gas explosion named

The man and woman killed when a suspected gas explosion destroyed a house were named locally tonight. The bodies of Jeanette and Leslies Rourke were recovered from the rubble today.

The pair are understood to have died following the explosion on the house on Sunday. A second man, believed to be Nicholas Rourke, is still in hospital. ITV News Reporter Damon Green reports.

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