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Goldfield Court 'poisoning': Woman quizzed over housing complex illness

Police at the home
Image caption Police officers removed food from flats

A woman has been taken to a mental health unit after 16 residents and staff at a sheltered housing complex were taken ill with symptoms similar to food poisoning.

Officers were called to Goldfield Court in West Bromwich in the West Midlands, on Tuesday evening.

A 23-year-old woman was questioned on suspicion of administering a noxious substance.

The accommodation's owners said a care worker had been suspended.

Police said she had been bailed to a secure unit for mental health tests.

West Midlands Police, which has set up an incident room in one of the flats, said inquiries were ongoing, while further tests were being carried out to determine the exact nature and cause of the illness.

Four of the people were taken to hospital, where two continue to receive treatment.

'Difficult time'

One relative said her mother had suffered vomiting and diarrhoea over three or four days and had felt drowsy. She said the symptoms started about two weeks ago.

She said police had removed food from her mother's fridge.

There are 93 flats at Goldfield Court, which is run by Housing and Care 21, in partnership with Sandwell Council.

In a statement, the company said: "Housing and Care 21 can confirm that a care worker has been suspended from Goldfield independent living scheme in West Bromwich.

"We are providing information and assistance to the police and Sandwell Adult Social Care Services and will support them with any further investigation.

"Our thoughts are with both residents and staff at the Goldfield community and we are ensuring they are supported during this difficult time.'

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