Care home thefts inquiry

Gardner House, Brieton Lane, Hartlepool.
Gardner House, Brieton Lane, Hartlepool.

A POLICE probe is underway after claims cash was stolen from residents at a care home.

Gardner House Care Home, in Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, is at the centre of an investigation after several claims of money going missing.

Community Integrated Care (CIC), which runs the 29-bed oldhome, could not confirm allegations staff had been suspended now an investigation is underway.

But the firm, which operates more than 250 homes across the UK and has a northern base in Darlington, has vowed to repay any residents if it is proved that cash has been stolen from them.

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One source from the home, who did not wish to be named, said: “It is the talk of the place.

“The police have been round a few times, and people are starting to ask what is going on.

“From what I can gather, we could be talking about thousands of pounds here, and not just a few quid that has been left lying in a drawer.

“It’s quite a substantial amount people are talking about.”

A promotional statement on the care home’s website said the facility, which offers long and short-term accomodation as well as respite care, offers “a homely, happy and relaxed atmosphere”.

It added: “Huge emphasis is placed on providing you with a home from home environment, treating you with dignity and respect, recognising your rights and your need for privacy.”

A spokesperson for Community Integrated Care said: “As a police investigation is on-going we cannot comment further at this time.

“We can, however, assure those concerned that we are working closely with police to ensure they have all the information they request.

“Gardner House has a great reputation in the community and we will continue to ensure that residents receive excellent care and support.

“We also want to offer our reassurance that if it is proven that money has been stolen from service users whilst in our care, then CIC will fully recompense them.”