Police probe launched into ‘incidents’ at care home

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A care home that has been rated good by inspectors following a surprise visit last month is under police investigation.

Bedford’s Manton Heights Care Centre was visited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on September 21 and 22.

It was rated by inspectors as good across the board for being safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

The report said: “Staff cared for people with warmth and compassion.”

But it has emerged that Bedfordshire Police is currently working with social services to investigate two alleged ‘incidents’ at the facility.

A police spokesman said: “We are currently working with social services to investigate two incidents that are alleged to have taken place at a care home in Bedford on October 10 and 15.”

The care home in Manton Lane, which is privately run by Ranc Care Homes, looks after people over the age of 65 including those living with dementia.

A CQC spokesman said: “CQC is aware that police have conducted an investigation at Manton Heights Care Centre. We await the outcome of the investigation and further to this are unable to comment.

“We are in close liaison with all involved agencies and continue to monitor this provider to ensure the safety and well-being of people using the service.”

The full CQC inspection report can be viewed at www.cqc.org.uk