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Care home owners charged with neglect in Preston

Briarwood Rest Home Image copyright Google
Image caption Briarwood Rest Home was closed in July following allegations about the mistreatment of residents

Three workers at a Preston care home have been charged after an investigation found a 99-year-old was allegedly put in a scalding hot bath.

The woman was one of eight people with dementia allegedly mistreated at Briarwood Rest Home in Lostock Hall, Lancashire Police said.

Owners Indranee and Meghadeven Pumbien, and employee Niphawan Berry are accused of neglecting residents.

They have been bailed to appear before magistrates in Preston on 10 December.

Police launched their investigation after a district nurse reported seeing a resident being force-fed.

Home closed

Three men and five women, aged between 88 and 99 years, were allegedly mistreated between April 2013 and June 2014, said police.

Since then seven of the eight victims have died of unrelated issues, police added.

The care home was closed in July after allegations of mistreatment emerged.

The three accused face a total of 29 charges, including the ill treatment and wilful neglect of a vulnerable person, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Mr and Mrs Pumbien, aged 62 and 58, of Grosvenor Place, were also charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

Mrs Berry, 41, of Christ Church Street, was also charged with wounding the 99-year-old woman in the bath.

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