Police investigate abuse allegations at Penzance day centre

A police investigation has been launched after a number of staff were suspended at a day centre for people with learning disabilities in Cornwall.

In December, concerns were raised over allegations of possible abuse at the John Daniel Centre in Penzance.

The day centre, which caters for more than 80 people, remains open with support from other staff.

Cornwall Council said the enquiry will "ascertain whether criminal offences have been committed or not".

'Worrying time'

Nick Fripp, the head of learning disabilities services at Cornwall Council, said they had acted "very quickly" to make sure there was no risk to anyone involved.

In a joint statement, Cornwall Council and Devon & Cornwall Police said: "We appreciate this is a worrying time for all concerned and everyone involved understands the importance of moving things forward as quickly as possible.

"We remain in close contact with service users and their families."

They said that staff had been suspended in line with "normal management procedures".

"This does not presume any allegation is proven or that any suspended member of staff is involved; it simply allows for a thorough and fair investigation to take place," they said.

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