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Man arrested in connection with Muckamore probe released

Muckamore Abbey Hospital in Co Antrim is at the centre of a major police investigation. Picture Mal McCann
Seanín Graham

A 53-year-old man arrested in connection with alleged abuse of patients at Muckamore Abbey Hospital has been released.

A total of 26 arrests have now been made as part of the investigation into suspected physical and mental abuse at the Co Antrim regional facility, which cares for adults with severe learning disabilities.

It is the biggest police probe of its kind in Northern Ireland with 1,500 alleged crimes discovered in one ward between April and September 2017.

A PSNI spokesman said the man, who was arrested in the Antrim area on Tuesday, was released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service.

Seven people have been informed they are to be prosecuted by the Public Prosecution Service for a range of offences, including ill-treatment and wilful neglect contrary to the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.

A public inquiry is currently underway into the scandal, with public hearings set take place next spring.

The inquiry's scope will allow it to probe "events" going back 20 years at Muckamore.

from the Police Service's Public Protection Branch investigating the allegations of ill-treatment of patients at Muckamore Abbey hospital has been released pending report to the Public Prosecution Service.

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