Care home worker cautioned for theft

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A CARE home worker at the centre of a police probe following allegations cash went missing from residents has resigned.

Detectives were called to investigate reports that money from Gardner House Care Home, in Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, had been stolen.

Lisa Newbury, 42, was working at the care home at the time of the investigation and has since resigned from her position.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police confirmed that a

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42-year-old woman has now been cautioned for theft after police inquiries came to a close.

The amount of cash involved in the allegations has never been disclosed.

Miss Newbury, of Mowbray Road, Hartlepool, refused to speak to the Mail about the allegations.

Community Integrated Care (CIC), which runs the 29-bed home, confirmed that a staff member was suspended and resigned after the matter came to light.

They have also vowed to repay any residents who have had cash stolen from them.

A spokesman for CIC, which operates more than 250 homes across the UK and has a northern base in Darlington, said: “A member of staff was suspended and resigned following allegations that they had stolen money from Gardner House Care Home, Hartlepool.

“Upon receiving the allegations, CIC immediately alerted the police and safeguarding team and fully supported their subsequent investigations.

“The police have since arrested and cautioned the former employee.

“CIC will now thoroughly investigate this matter and will ensure that residents will not be financially disadvantaged by the actions of this individual.”

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “A 42-year-old woman has received a police caution for theft in relation to an incident at a care home in Hartlepool.

“Guidelines for giving a caution are set down by the Home Office and each case is dealt with on an individual basis.

“When making a decision to caution, a number of factors will be taken into consideration, for example whether the individual has any previous convictions.”

The Home Office say cautions are used to deal “quickly and simply with those who commit less serious crimes”.

Those given cautions are officially warned about their behaviour, and told that if they re-offend they are likely to be charged.

Police can only give cautions if there is evidence that the offender is guilty and they admit the crime, they are over 18 and they accept to be given a caution.

It is not a criminal conviction, but it is recorded on the police database.