Two arrested after nine residents die in Covid outbreak at Devon care home

Two people have been arrested following a Covid outbreak at Holmesley Care Home in Devon. Credit: ITV News

Two people have been arrested in connection with a Covid-19 outbreak at a care home in Devon where nine residents died.

A 57-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect.

A total of 10 residents from Holmesley Care Home in Sidford were taken to hospital with coronavirus after the outbreak.

A spokesperson from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The police investigation is currently focussing on infection control and management within the home.

"It is not currently related in any way to the vaccination of residents."

A spokesperson for Holmesley Care Home said: “I can confirm that two staff members have been arrested following an investigation into the Covid-19 outbreak at the care home.

"As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment on this matter further, other than to say that we are treating the allegations with the utmost seriousness and are grateful to those diligent members of staff who brought concerns to light. The police have our full cooperation in their investigation.

“The health and wellbeing of our residents remains our top priority. We continue to work with all the relevant authorities to manage the outbreak at the home and can confirm that the majority of residents have now completed their isolation period and are showing no symptoms.

"Our latest round of staff testing also confirmed no positive cases, with the majority of staff having returned to work”.

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