Man held on suspicion of assault after Chesterfield care home closure is released without charge

St Joseph's Specialist Care Home.
St Joseph's Specialist Care Home.

A man who was arrested on suspicion of assault after the closure of a Chesterfield care home has been released without charge.

The 49-year-old man, of Matlock, was on police bail for almost a year but has now been told he will not face any charges.

He is due to meet our journalist next week to share his story.

The man was arrested last May after five disabled residents were moved from St Joseph’s home in Newbold Road following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection.

The CQC identified a catalogue of shock failings at the home, branded it ‘inadequate’ and said residents were ‘not protected from abuse that could potentially breach their human rights’.

The home is now closed and the company which operated it, Aspire Specialist Care Ltd, is in liquidation.

A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “The Crown Prosecution Service said the man should be released without charge.”

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