Ipswich: Two Arrested Over Neglect At Care Home

4 February 2014, 11:36 | Updated: 4 February 2014, 11:46

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of neglect at a care home in Ipswich.

The arrests to a man and a woman both aged 55, come after police searched Fairfields House in Tuddenham Road last week.

10 people were staying at the home at the time and Suffolk County Council say they have been found new accommodation.

Suffolk Police released the following statement to Heart:

"Officers from Suffolk police arrested two people at an address in Westerfield on, Thursday 30 January.

"A 55 year old man and 55 year old woman, both from Westerfield were arrested on suspicion of neglect (under the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act).

"The pair were questioned in custody at the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre (PIC) and subsequently released on police bail. They will be required to return to the PIC on 7 May 2014.

"As part of this investigation, police have also carried out a search at business premises in Tuddenham Road, Ipswich and enquiries are ongoing."

Suffolk County Council have also had to step in to help care for those who had been living at the care home and they've told Heart:

"Our principal concern with the unexpected closure of Fairfields House care home was to ensure that the welfare of the residents was upheld, and that they were assisted with finding alternative living arrangements quickly, and with minimal stress and disruption. This was successful and the residents are now settling into their new accommodation."

"We have liaised with the local Jobcentre Plus Redundancy Support Team to inform them of the closure and redundancies, and have provided the now redundant staff opportunity to contact us for benefits advice. We understand this is a very difficult time for those previously working at the home and we will continue to provide our support."