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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Ulverston ear bite man unlikely to face charges

AN ULVERSTON care home resident who bit off the ear of a nurse is unlikely to face criminal charges because his disability means he has the mental age of a child.

Police were called to Creative Support in Victoria Road, Ulverston, last Saturday evening after receiving a report that a female member of staff had been assaulted.

Police confirmed the woman received serious injuries to her face and was taken to Furness General Hospital following the incident which involved a 23-year-old man, who lives at the care home for autistic adults.

The Evening Mail understands the woman’s ear, or part of her ear, was bitten off. She has been released from hospital and is recovering at home.

A police spokeswoman said: “We are working with the care home and the health authority to assess the suspect regarding his mental capacity.”

But the Evening Mail understands the 23-year-old is severely disabled and has the mental age of a two-year-old.

Given his mental capacity, it is understood he is unlikely to face any prosecution.

Creative Support’s Ulverston home provides accommodation and personal care for adults with autism and complex needs.

The Care Quality Commission confirmed it was informed of the incident by Creative Support.

It is understood the 23-year-old remains a resident at the home and extra staff have been brought in following the incident.

A CQC spokeswoman said: “We have been informed of what procedures are being taken to mitigate risk and manage behaviour and we are satisfied the provider has taken the appropriate steps.”

The CQC does not have the remit to investigate the incident specifically, but such an incident would help guide what officers look for when the next inspection is made.

The last routine CQC inspection at the Victoria Road care home was carried out in August 2013 and it met the five required standards.

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