Police investigate care of dementia sufferers in Market Harborough

Police and a care quality watchdog are investigating the running of a former home for dementia sufferers.

Beech House, in Market Harborough, closed two weeks ago and the 12 elderly residents were moved to new accommodation.

The former manager and co-owner, Lesley Burrows, said at the time the reasons for closing “were personal” and declined to comment further.

But now, the police and watchdog Care Quality Commission are investigating allegations raised by staff after the closure.

County councillor for the area Sarah Hill said: “I know certain issues have been raised since the residents have been moved and an investigation is being held.”

She said she could not comment on the allegations that had been made.

A police spokesperson said: “Leicestershire Constabulary along with the Care Quality Commission and social services are making inquiries following concerns raised into a care home in Market Harborough.

“The care home is now closed and the decision to close was made by the owners.”

A spokesman for County Hall said: “The county council’s main priority is the safety and welfare of residents and we have worked with their relatives to help them move to alternative accommodation.

“We are working with the police and supporting any inquiries they are making.”