Cornwall care staff suspended over abuse allegations

A number of staff have been suspended at a day centre for people with learning disabilities in Cornwall.

Cornwall Council said it was looking into allegations of possible abuse at the John Daniel Centre in Penzance.

The day centre caters for more than 80 people and provides on site and off site activities.

The council has informed parents and carers and deployed extra staff to provide cover. It said the suspension did not imply any guilt.

Nick Fripp, the head of learning disabilities services at Cornwall Council, said: "We've had a range of concerns brought to our attention that need investigating.

"We've acted very quickly to make sure there's no risk to anyone involved.

"Our priority is to support the people who use the service, their families and our staff. We've brought in extra staff to support people at the centre and keep the service going."

In a statement, the authority said suspension was automatic and immediate with any allegation, but it did not imply anyone was guilty of anything at this stage.

Cornwall Council has opened a helpline number - 01208 251300 - for anyone directly involved.

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