Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Two Women Arrested in 'Dementia Taunts' Inquiry ; . ?Pair Questioned by Police on Suspicion of Ill Treatment or Wilful Neglect by a Care Worker

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Two Women Arrested in 'Dementia Taunts' Inquiry ; . ?Pair Questioned by Police on Suspicion of Ill Treatment or Wilful Neglect by a Care Worker

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tWO women have been arrested over complaints that vulnerable dementia patients were tormented by abuse of their 'comfort dolls' at a care home.

The M.E.N. launched an investigation after a whistleblower handed over images and footage of two members of staff at Ashbourne House nursing home in Middleton, appearing to mistreat dolls.

Residents are understood to use the dolls as a means of therapy. Police say they have arrested a 19-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman on suspicion of ill treatment or wilful neglect by a care worker. The 19-year-old has been bailed pending further enquiries, while the 23-year-old remained in custody for questioning yesterday. Police have not named the women.

Officers were called to the Rochdale Road home last Friday about the 'concerning images'.

Two members of staff were suspended by care home bosses ahead of an internal investigation.

They were also reported to police, with material handed to the M. …

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