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Efforts to stop older adult abuse in Worcestershire

Efforts to protect older people from abuse is being promoted after a council estimated 4,000 are abused in their homes every year.

Worcestershire County Council said that figure did not include the elderly living in care homes, hospitals or those with a mental health problem.

Social workers and nursing staff will man information boards at sites across the county on Wednesday.

A spokesman said vulnerable adults needed care and protection.

Pete Morgan, chairman of the Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board, said: "The number of cases being reported is going up, and indication not that more adults are being abused, but that public and professional awareness is growing."

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