Police probe continues into deaths of 13 people at Sussex care homes


A police investigation into the deaths of 13 people at nine care homes in and around Horsham is still ongoing.

The care homes are all run by the same company - Sussex Health Care. In a statement this week, Sussex Police said: “An investigation into Sussex Health Care continues.

“The police and multi-agency safeguarding investigation commenced as a result of safeguarding concerns for a number of patients at nine Sussex Health Care premises.

“Sussex Police was originally alerted as a result of safeguarding alerts relating to 43 residents, of which 13 died.

“Ten people have so far been interviewed under caution in connection with the investigation.”

The police statement followed the launch on Friday of a new campaign group aimed at fighting for better adult care in West Sussex.

The group, Harmed In Adult Care Alliance - HACA - has been formed by families affected by the deaths and injuries of relatives in local care homes. They include relatives of those who died at Orchid View care home in Copthorne - run by a company called Southern Cross; and Martyn Lewis and Mark Bates, whose brother and son were seriously injured at Beech Lodge care home in Horsham, run by Sussex Health Care.

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