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Sussex Orchid View care death: Pair released from bail

Orchid View
Image caption Orchid View has since closed and reopened under a new name and new management

A 28-year-old man and 45-year-old woman who were arrested in connection with the death of a care home resident in Sussex have been stood down from bail.

Jean Halfpenny, 89, died in May 2010 at Orchid View care home in Copthorne.

The man, from HMP Dartmoor, and woman from Tunbridge Wells were arrested in September and October on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Sussex Police said they were released from bail because of "insufficient evidence to justify prosecution".

Southern Cross, which operated Orchid View, closed the home in 2011. It has since reopened under a new name and new management.

Neglect investigation

Det Ch Insp Jeff Riley said: "Following a thorough investigation into allegations made to police regarding alleged neglect at the care home the final two people arrested in connection with these allegations have been stood down from bail.

"This decision is the result of consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service that insufficient evidence is available to support a prosecution.

"The police aspect of the investigation will now be closed and the matter referred to HM Coroner for West Sussex."

Sussex Police began an investigation into alleged neglect at the care home, near Crawley, in 2011.

Three people from Sussex and Surrey who were arrested in September and October 2011 were also stood down from bail at an earlier date.

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