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Mystery surrounds the suspension of a number of staff at a Braintree care home.

A member of staff was dismissed and up to six others were suspended from Larchwood Care Home, Broad Road, in July.

Owners HC-One Ltd have refused to give details of the incidents or offer reassurance to relatives of the elderly residents, many of them suffering with dementia.

A spokesman for health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said: “CQC is working closely with Essex County Council regarding this and we are unable to comment any further at this stage.

See this week's Times for the full story.