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Men held over Copthorne care home death
6:30pm Wednesday 12th September 2012 in News
A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a death in a care home.
An investigation was launched by Sussex Police last year into neglect at the Orchid View care home in Copthorne, near Crawley.
It followed the death of resident Jean Halfpenny, 77, in April 2010.
A 28-year-old man was in prison yesterday.
The arrest comes after a long running investigation involving Sussex Police, the NHS, West Sussex County Council and HM Coroner for West Sussex.
The care home has since closed and reopened under a new name and new management.
A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: “The wider investigation continues to be a long and complex investigation and we are unable to go into further details at this time.”
She added the next of kin of all former patients subject to the investigation have been visited by Sussex Police.
Police arrested three people last year on suspicion of ill-treatment and neglect.
A 41-year-old woman from Crawley and a 55-year-old woman from South Godstone in Surrey have been bailed until November 10 pending further inquiries.
A 49-year-old man from Burgess Hill has been bailed until November 1 pending further inquiries.