POLICE have confirmed that investigations into allegations of abuse at a Barnsley care home have been halted due to ‘insufficient evidence’.
The investigation was launched on June 22 after inappropriate photos featuring residents of Cherry Trees Care Home, Lundwood were shared to social media.
Evidence of a group chat between the alleged abusers was also made public.
Seven women were arrested in connection to the abuse however police have confirmed that no further action will be taken against the carers.
Leanne Lunn, whose grandmother Shirley Duffy lived at the home and was a reported victim of the alleged abuse, said that her memory of Shirley would forever be ‘tainted’ by the images released online.
“Our Nanna was a kind, loving, and friendly woman,” said Leanne. “It’s horrible that the last memory we will have of her is seeing the image where she looks terrified.”
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Although the photos are both inappropriate and unprofessional, extensive enquiries conducted by our officers found that there is not sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.
“All families involved have continually been kept updated and have now been informed of the outcome.
“As the criminal investigation will now be closed, no further police action will be taken against the seven carers arrested.
“However, the carers remain suspended from work, and the matter will continue to be investigated by the care provider, Barnsley Council and the Independent Care Home Inspectors CQC.”