Arrest over alleged Old Deanery Care Home abuse

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Image caption Care workers fear the alleged abuse at The Old Deanery could taint the whole industry

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a resident at an Essex care home after an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

The woman, in her 40s, was held on Friday by police probing alleged abuse at the Old Deanery in Braintree.

Seven staff have been sacked from the home, run by Anglia Retirement Homes Ltd, after Panorama appeared to show a resident with dementia being hit.

The arrested woman has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Essex Police launched an investigation after the programme appeared to show residents being taunted, roughly handled, ignored and left in their own excrement at the 93-bed home, which costs up to £700 a week.

A police spokesman said: "Essex Police were denied an advance viewing of the programme so were only able to begin an investigation following its nationwide broadcast on Wednesday.

"Officers arrested a woman in her 40s at her home in Braintree on suspicion of assaulting a resident at the care home before being released on police bail until later this month pending further inquiries."

Image caption The Care Quality Commission found shortcomings at The Old Deanery

Anglia Retirement Homes Ltd released a statement after the documentary was aired in which it insisted the incidents involved only a small number of staff and said the company did not tolerate this kind of behaviour.

It said that after initially suspending eight members of staff when the allegations first came to light, seven had been been dismissed and a further case was being urgently reviewed.

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