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Winterbourne View: Ten People Charged

November 29, 2011

Ten people have been charged in connection with the ill treatment and neglect of patients at a private hospital near Bristol.

The charges come after secret filming by the BBC’s Panorama at Winterbourne View, which has since been closed.

The 10 people face a total of 40 charges against four patients under the Mental Capacity Act.

Castlebeck, the firm which ran the hospital, is also holding an internal investigation.

Seven men aged 25, 26, 28, 30, 32, 42 and 58 and three women aged 21, 22 and 24, all from the local area, are due to appear before Bristol magistrates on 15 December.

Three men aged 25, 27 and 41, who were arrested on suspicion of causing ill treatment under the Mental Capacity Act, remain on police bail, pending further inquiries.

A 40-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of common assault has been released without charge.

The programme, which was broadcast on 31 May, appeared to show residents with learning disabilities being pinned down, slapped, doused in water and taunted.

Winterbourne View’s 24 patients were transferred when the hospital, in Hambrook, South Gloucestershire, closed in June.

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