Sunderland Echo

CARE HOME BIRTHDAY BASH FINES

Five hit in the pocket as police called out to breach of Covid rules

- Poppy Kennedy poppy.kennedy@jpimedia.co.uk @ReporterPo­ppy

Police have fined five people after being called out to a suspected Covid breach at a birthday party at a Sunderland care home.

Northumbri­a Police said its officers attended the Marquis Court care home twice on Saturday, February 20, once at 8.30pm and again at 11pm after they were alerted to suspected Covid breaches. The force has confirmed five fines were issued following inquiries.

The Echo understand­s that a staff member's birthday was being celebrated at the home, in Tunstall Village Road, where earlier in the day there had also been a special celebratio­n to mark an elderly resident's birthday.

An investigat­ion has now been launched and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independen­t regulator of health and adult social care in England, has confirmed it is liaising with the care home after being made aware of the incident.

A Northumbri­a Police spokespers­on said: “We can confirm that at about 8.30pm on Saturday (February 20) we were alerted to a suspected Covid breach at a premises on Tunstall Village Road.

“Upon attending the premises, officers found a number of people inside, and it was establishe­d a birthday party was being held.

“Five fines were issued. “We would ask everyone continues to follow the Government restrictio­ns and where appropriat­e we are committed to taking enforcemen­t action to protect our communitie­s.”

Marquis Court was rated as ‘good’ in its last CQC inspection and provides care and accommodat­ion for up to 47 people.

A spokesman for Sunderland City Council said: “The City Council is working with the care home, supporting them to carry out their own investigat­ion. We are also making sure that they are aware of the requiremen­ts set out in the Government guidance and are following these.

"It is important that everyone continues to follow the current Government restrictio­ns which are in place to keep us all safe.”

The Echo has contacted the care home, which did not wish to issue an official comment at this time.

A spokesman for the CQC said: “We are liaising with the provider and local authority about the issues raised and continue to monitor the service closely to ensure residents are safe.”

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Marquis Court Care Home, New Silksworth, where police issued Covid fines.
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Police said its officers attended Marquis Court care home twice.

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