22 care home staff fac­ing abuse charges

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A GROUP of 22 mem­bers of staff from three care homes have ap­peared in court ac­cused of abus­ing vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents.

Seven se­nior man­agers and 15 work­ers face a to­tal of 86 charges – 11 counts of ill-treat­ing pa­tients and 75 counts of false im­pris­on­ment.

The of­fences are al­leged to have taken place at the Veil­stone, Ga­tooma and Teign­mead homes in Devon – run by At­las Project Ltd.

The charges say seven al­leged vic­tims were “un­law­fully and in­ju­ri­ously im­pris­oned” and de­tained against their will on 68 sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions.

Three vic­tims are said to have been ill-treated by staff on five oc­ca­sions while be­ing treated “for men­tal disorder as an in-pa­tient”.

Ex­eter Mag­is­trates’ Court heard the al­leged abuse oc­curred at the care homes, in north and south Devon, be­tween De­cem­ber 31, 2009 and Jan­uary 1, 2012.

All three homes, which cared for adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, were closed in 2012 fol­low­ing in­spec­tions by the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion.

The case will con­tinue at Ex­eter Crown Court on Novem­ber 21.

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