Four people charged after alleged care home mistreatment

Throstle Grove, Slyne-with-Hest.
Throstle Grove, Slyne-with-Hest.

Four people have been charged with offences under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 following a police investigation into the mistreatment of residents at a care home in Slyne.

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, all four people were charged with being a carer involved in the ill treatment and wilful neglect of a person with lack of capacity. This is contrary to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Darren Smith, 34, of Howgill Avenue, Lancaster, is charged with eight offences; Katie Cairns, 26, of Riverview Court, Westgate, Morecambe, is charged with four offences; Carol Moore, 53, of Ripon Avenue, Beaumont, Lancaster, is charged with six offences; and Gemma Pearson, 27, of Hill Street, Carnforth, is charged with one offence.

There are a total of 19 charges in relation to eight victims at Throstle Grove care home. The charges relate to a period between May 2010 and September 2011.

Those charged have been bailed to appear at Lancaster Magistrates Court on Thursday January 3.

Three other people arrested as part of the long running investigation have been released no further action.

They are a 27-year-old man from Morecambe, a 57-year-old woman from Morecambe, and a 23-year-old man from Lancaster.

Another person attended the police station voluntarily and has been released no further action.