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Devon care staff arrested over Covid deaths

Police have made two arrests of care staff in connection with an outbreak of Covid-19 at a home in Sidmouth, Devon.

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.

Both are said to be members of staff at the Holmesley care home in Sidford.

Nine deaths have been reported at the care home since February 25, which are all believed to be related to the outbreak.

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

Chief Superintendent Dan Evans has previously said: “I’ve no doubt there will be concern in the community regarding this incident and we are doing everything possible to help those bereaved families, while also working with partners to communicate to those with relatives remaining within the home.

“This is a complex investigation involving ourselves and multi-agency partners with safeguarding of residents at its core," he added.

“There is significant work under way to understand the current situation and progress the investigation as quickly as possible, while maintaining the safety of care home residents, staff, police officers and partner agency staff.”

No other arrests are currently planned by police in relation to the ongoing enquiry, said a Devon & Cornwall Police spokesman.

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