Four arrested in Bideford over care home abuse


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The offences are part of investigation into care homes in Devon, including Bideford and Holsworthy.

FOUR people from Bideford have been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into abuse at care homes in Devon.

The 42 year old man, 38 year old man, 24 year old woman and 28 year old woman have been arrested in relation to offences under the Mental Health Act.

The four were taken into police custody regarding ill treatment and abuse of residents and have been released on police bail until March while investigations continue.

Three more people have been arrested in Teignmouth.

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The offences involve the care homes Veilstone in Bideford, Gatooma in Holsworthy and Teignmead in Teignbridge.

The investigation is part of Operation Baddeck which is a multi agency safeguarding investigation involving Devon County Council, NHS Devon, Devon Partnership Trust, Devon and Cornwall Police, the Care Quality Commission and other local authorities and NHS services which began investigating all homes which came under the management of Atlas Project Team Ltd. The company is no longer in existence.

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Detective Inspector Steve White said: “Throughout the investigation the safety, welfare and protection of vulnerable adults has been and remains the absolute priority of all the organisations involved.

“Due to the nature of the enquiry and complex needs of the victims this investigation will take many months.

“Throughout this time the police will continue to work closely with all agencies involved and the victims and families of those affected will receive ongoing support.”

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