Police have arrested a teenager on the suspected murder of two nursing home residents in Leicester.
The murder investigation was launched after the bodies of two women were found at 4am on Wednesday morning (yesterday) by staff at the Hayes Park Nursing Home on the Rowlatts Hill Estate in Leicester. They have yet to be formally identified.
Hayes Park is a purpose-built home near the city centre that provides care for 49 residents in 39 single and double bedrooms. These are older people, those with physical and learning disabilities, including dementia. It was praised by inspectors in review last year.
A statement from the directors and management of Hayes Park said: “We have worked closely with the police and are pleased that they have acted swiftly in making an arrest. We continue to provide the highest level of care to all our residents, whose safety is our top priority. Our sympathies and prayers go to the relatives of the two ladies who were the victims of this attack.”
Police said the arrested man is aged 19 and from the area. He is being questioned by detectives in custody. Police have not commented on how the women died or whether there was a break-in at the home.
Detective Superintendent Chris Thomas said: “Detailed forensic work is still going on at the scene and officers will be working around the clock to piece together what happened. Part of the nursing home remains cordoned off to allow this work to take place.”