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Attempted kill charge carer held in custody

By Richard Vernalls

A care worker has been remanded in custody after being charged with attempted murder after staff and residents at an old people's home were taken ill.

Melissa Swift appeared in court also accused of making threats to kill in relation to an incident at the home in West Bromwich last month, West Midlands police have revealed.

Swift (23) of Hambletts Road, West Bromwich, was arrested on August 4 after several people at the town's Goldfield Court extra care unit were taken ill with food poisoning-type symptoms.

Up to 16 people reported health problems, including severe headaches, intense nausea and diarrhoea, and several required hospital treatment.

All of those affected have since made a full recovery.

Goldfield Court, which is run by Housing & Care 21, provides "extra care housing" for older people, with 93 flats at the site.

Swift was ordered to appear in court again on September 17.

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