‘No case to answer’ after police investigation into Notts care home deaths

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A police investigation into six deaths at a care home in Nottinghamshire has concluded there was no wrongdoing involved.

Police received information last August around the deaths of residents at Springwater Lodge Care Home, Calverton.

Detectives initially launched a murder inquiry.

However a Notts Police spokesman said officers had now decided there was “no criminal case to answer” surrounding any of the deaths.

The spokesman added: “A thorough investigation, post mortem examinations and further extensive tests were carried out and have shown that all of the deaths were a result of natural causes.

“Nottinghamshire Police continues to work closely with the home, the Care Quality Commission and other partners to ensure that appropriate safeguarding measures are in place at the home.”

The force initially only referred to two deaths when it first announced the investigation had begun.

Officers arrested two women on suspicion of murder on August 7. Both women, who are employees of the home, were released without charge.

Springwater Lodge, run by HC One, provides nursing and personal care for up to 50 older people and people living with dementia.

An inspection of the home by the Care Quality Commission was brought forward and carried out in September following the police investigation.

It gave the home an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’ and set out an action plan for the owners.