A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with abuse allegations at Muckamore Abbey Hospital in County Antrim. The suspect was arrested by officers in Antrim on Monday and is the second person to be arrested after allegations were made about the physical and mental abuse of patients.

Muckamore Abbey provides treatment for people with severe learning disabilities and mental health needs and it’s been alleged a number of vulnerable men and women have been abused there.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has been investigating thousands of incidents. A total of 36 staff members, mainly nurses, have been suspended at the hospital since 2017 when allegations of ill treatment first began to surface. They have been placed on precautionary suspension from the hospital while police investigations into abuse allegations continue. Only last month, a 30 year old man was arrested and later released on bail. It is understood that more arrests are planned.

All the CCTV footage from the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has now been viewed, however, a PSNI spokesperson said that the viewing of footage from three further wards is about to start and confirmed that a sex-related offence was also caught on CCTV footage.

 

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