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'Disturbing' elderly abuse rise

There has been a "disturbing" rise in the number of reports of suspected abuse of vulnerable older people, a charity has warned. Charity Age UK said that any sort of abuse against the elderly is "unacceptable".

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Over half of case referrals for vulnerable elderly adults

Three fifths of the 112,000 cases referred by English councils were for abuse against vulnerable adults - described in the report as people who are or may be in need of community care services because they are elderly or suffer mental illness, a disability or another ailment - aged 65 or over.

Physical abuse and neglect were the most common types of abuse reported, the HSCIC experimental figures show.

Care workers and family were the most likely alleged abusers, according to the report.

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