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Arden Vale Castlebeck care home residents removed

Arden Vale
Image caption Arden Vale cares for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities

Residents at a care home run by a company at the centre of allegations of abuse have been rehomed.

A spokeswoman for Castlebeck, which runs Arden Vale in Meriden, near Coventry, said all 19 residents had been found alternative placements.

The care home is due to close by the end of Thursday.

Arden Vale, which cares for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities, was the subject of legal action by the Care Quality Commission.

The Commission (CQC) inspected the facility in June and said Castlebeck had agreed to close.

The home is the third run by the company to shut.

'No evidence'

The company owns Winterbourne View, in Bristol, where abuse was filmed by an undercover BBC Panorama journalist.

Since the BBC One programme was broadcast, the home for people with learning disabilities has been closed by the CQC.

Earlier this month it was announced Castlebeck was to shut Rose Villa, also in Bristol, for "operational reasons".

Andrea Gordon, CQC's regional director for the West and East Midlands, said it had taken action after seeing "no evidence" of the improvements to care it had demanded.

Thirteen members of staff were suspended from Winterbourne View before it closed, after Panorama filmed an undercover documentary there.

The footage showed residents being pinned down, slapped and taunted.

The role played by all the organisations involved with Winterbourne View is currently being examined as part of a serious case review.

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