Women arrested as part of fraud inquiry at Sunderland care home

Sycamore Care Centre, Nookside, Sunderland.
Sycamore Care Centre, Nookside, Sunderland.

Two women have been arrested as part of a fraud probe at a Sunderland care home.

The inquiry was carried out following allegations made about staff at the Sycamore Care Centre, in Nookside, Grindon.

Two women have been arrested and bailed.

Two women have been arrested and bailed.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Two women aged 25 and 47 have been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation.

“They have been released on police bail.”

Linda Wrout, owner of the home, said she did not wish to comment as inquiries are ongoing, but said there had been no impact on the quality of care.

The home has 113 rooms and specialises in looking after people with Alzheimer’s, disease as well as other forms of dementia, the elderly, people with physical disabilities and younger adults.

Two women aged 25 and 47 have been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation.

Northumbria Police spokeswoman

During its latest inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), inspectors rated it overall as good.

The grade was awarded for the effectiveness of its service, care, responsiveness and leadership, while the safety of its care needed improvement.

The visit found residents felt safe and well looked after, with only suitable staff appointed to roles at the business, with “thorough background checks” made.

Employees told the CQC they would raise any concerns immediately.

One resident told the inspectors the best thing was the workers, telling them: “They best thing about the place is the staff –they’re lovely.

“You can’t help but bond with them because they’re so nice.”

The home is made up of four units within its own grounds.