Death of 90-year-old sparked police care home probe

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The death of an elderly woman which sparked an investigation of a Burnley care home was one of natural causes, an inquest has found.

Mrs Ethel Atkinson (90) was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital from Palatine Lodge Care Home in June, 2012, and police called following concerns over her welfare.

The remaining six residents were removed as a “precaution” from the privately-run home by Lancashire County Council.


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