Three members of staff at a Cornwall day centre for vulnerable adults have been charged with ill-treating and wilfully neglecting patients following allegations of abuse.
The staff worked at the John Daniel Day Care Centre in Heamoor, Penzance, which is used by about 85 people with learning disabilities.
Police said they have charged two men and a woman with ill-treating and wilfully neglecting a person without capacity, covering a period from April 2007 through to December 2011.
Concerns were raised about the treatment of patients at the centre in December 2011 and Cornwall Council immediately began an investigation. A number of staff were suspended and in April last year police arrested five people. Those charged are:
- Benjamin Alan Jenkins, 22, from St Ives, has been charged with two counts of a carer ill-treating and wilfully neglecting a person without capacity contrary to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
- Philip Anthony John Sowden, 59, from Penzance, has been charged with two counts of the same offence.
- Christine Maureen Keller, 57 from Hayle, has been charged with one count of the offence.
Two other people have been released from police bail with no further action.