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11 held in care home death inquiry

Eleven people have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a woman shortly after she was moved from a care home.

Ivy Atkin, 86, died on November 22 last year, just after she had been moved following the closure of the Autumn Grange residential home in Sherwood Rise, Nottingham, police said.

Eleven people - five men aged 37, 44, 56, 64 and 77, and six women aged 19, 20, 25, 28, 29 and 52 - have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter as part of the inquiry. They will be questioned by detectives.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: "An investigation into the standard of care provided to residents at Autumn Grange is also under way and police are working closely with partner agencies to establish if any criminal offences took place."

At the start of November last year 28 residents were moved out of the privately owned home and moved to others in the area after "serious concerns" about the standard of care provided.

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said at the time they had been made aware of issues surrounding residents' wellbeing, but could not comment on what type of concerns because a police investigation was under way.

According to a page on the Care Quality Commission website, the residential facility in Herbert Road cared for elderly adults aged over 65. Specialisms included dementia and diagnostic and screening services.

Council care providers were put in place at Autumn Grange before owners told the council they would be closing the home.

Following its closure Ian Curryer, Nottingham City Council's director of adult social services, said: "We can confirm that we have moved all of the former residents at Autumn Grange residential home in Sherwood to alternative homes. We took this action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of those residents and in response to the owners of the home informing us at short notice that they intended to close the home.

"Due to serious concerns about the standard of care and the wellbeing of residents at the home, we suspended our contract with the private provider and put in a team of our own staff to manage the care of the residents."

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