26 quizzed by police after deaths of 13 people at nine Sussex care homes

A total of 26 people have now been questioned by police investigating the deaths of 13 people at nine care homes in and around Horsham.

Thursday, 21st May 2020, 11:54 am

Police revealed today that their investigation is continuing into the deaths ... nearly three years after it first started.

The care homes where the 13 people died are all run by the same company - Sussex Health Care.

The police investigation was first launched in August 2017 when officers were alerted after ‘safeguarding’ concerns were raised by West Sussex Council Council over 43 residents at the homes.

Sussex Police

A Sussex Police spokesman said today: “Our investigation continues to focus on 13 deceased, to determine whether there was any criminal liability in relation to those deaths. In other cases there has been no evidence of any criminal offences.

“As of 19 May 2020, 26 people have so far been interviewed under caution in connection with the investigation.

“The alleged offences include, individually, wilful neglect by a care worker, as an employee failing to discharge general health and safety duty at work, manslaughter by gross negligence, and corporate liability by Sussex Health Care.

“We continue to keep families involved updated as the investigation progresses.

“We are also in consultation with the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) but no decisions have been taken on any prosecutions at this stage.”

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