Two staff members arrested on suspicion of ‘wilful neglect’ after fatal Covid outbreak at Sidmouth care home

Police investigating a fatal Covid-19 outbreak at a Sidmouth care home say they have arrested two staff members on suspicion of ‘wilful neglect’.

Nine residents at Holmesley Care Home, in Fortescue Road near Sidford, are now confirmed to have died since February 25 – with all the fatalities believed to be coronavirus-related.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a 57-year-old woman from Sidmouth and a 30-year-old man from Exeter have been arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect as enquiries continue.

Both are said to be staff members at the care home.

No other arrests are currently planned by police in relation to the ongoing enquiry…

A force spokesperson: “Police have made two arrests in connection with an outbreak of Covid-19 at a Sidmouth care home.

“A 57-year-old woman from Sidmouth and a 30-year-old man from Exeter have been arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

“No other arrests are currently planned by police in relation to the ongoing enquiry.

“Nine deaths have been reported at Holmesley Care Home in Sidford since February 25, which are all believed to be related to the outbreak.

“The investigation is currently being led by Devon and Cornwall Police in partnership with a multi-agency safeguarding response in order to maintain safeguarding of those residents in the home.”

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