Five women, all from Barnsley, were arrested yesterday morning (Thursday, June 25) on suspicion of ill treatment or wilful neglect by a care worker.
This follows the arrests of two women, also from Barnsley, on Monday (June 22).
All seven have now been released under investigation after images of reported neglected began circulating on social media.
South Yorkshire Police senior investigator, DCI Phil Etheridge, said: “Yesterday’s activity brings our total number of arrests to seven.
“Two Barnsley women were initially detained and questioned on Monday (22 June), and have also been released under investigation.”
All those arrested have been suspended from work.
“We continue to work closely with the home, and with Barnsley Council,” added Det Insp Etheridge.
“And we are assured that the families of all their residents are being kept up to date with developments in this inquiry.”
If you do have any concerns about a relative in care, the Adult Social Care team in Barnsley have a dedicated phone number and email address for family members to contact: 01226 773300 / [email protected].
Police have asked that people are mindful not to share content relating to this incident on social media, as it could be very distressing for the families involved.
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