Tillson House in Coalville
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Nine council care homes in Leicestershire sold to private firm Southend Care

Leicestershire County Council has signed a deal to sell nine care homes to a private company, despite concerns over the future care of patients.

The authority has signed a £3m deal with Southend Care, which has committed to spend a further £4m updating the homes.

But another care provider, Prime Life Ltd, which runs 16 homes in the area, said the deal as originally advertised was not "do-able".