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CQC closes Royal Bay Residential Home in Bognor Regis



A care home has been closed by the government’s health and social care regulator after “serious concerns” were found by inspectors.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it took urgent action to protect people living at Royal Bay Residential Home in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, after an inspection on Wednesday.

The CQC said it had “no confidence the provider will take appropriate action”.

Royal Bay Care Homes owner Russell Wilson said he would appeal.

The CQC said basic care needs were not being met and risks were not being identified or managed properly.

It said staff were routinely failing to report “safeguarding concerns” or take appropriate steps after accidents.

‘Sledgehammer’ response

Mr Wilson, 71, said the CQC’s concerns centred on dementia patients who he claimed had been referred by the local authority without proper information about the severity of their condition.

“Never ever again will we be hoodwinked into taking these bad cases,” he said.

He said he accepts all of the CQC’s concerns, but said they only applied to about half the 33 residents.

“They could have allowed us to operate under special measure and allowed my regular clients to stay. It was a sledgehammer to crack a nut”.

All but two residents have now been moved out, Royal Bay Care Homes said.

Mr Wilson claimed the company operates seven “really good homes” and added: “Our thoughts are with those people that have been removed.”

‘People at risk’

The care home, in Aldwick Road, was told by the watchdog in 2017 that it required improvement.

Deborah Ivanova, a CQC inspector, said there had been a “significant deterioration” in care in the past year, with “ineffective” action taken to address concerns.

She said: “We have no confidence that that the provider will take appropriate action – and we can’t leave people at risk of harm.”

West Sussex County Council said it is helping residents and their families find new homes in a “calm and planned way”.

It added: “It is the responsibility of the home to ensure they have sufficient and skilled staff to look after the residents in their care and to make sure they can meet people’s needs.

“We would expect a care home to inform us if they cannot meet the needs of their residents and we would look at how we can support them.

“Royal Bay did not make us aware of any concerns.”

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County Championship: Chris Jordan and Ben Brown revive Sussex at Northants



Ben Brown (left) and Chris Jordan

Specsavers County Championship Division Two, County Ground, Northampton (day one):
Sussex 370-6: Jordan 158*, Brown 153*; Sanderson 3-71
Northamptonshire: Yet to bat
Northamptonshire 2 pts, Sussex 4 pts

Chris Jordan and Ben Brown put together an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 302 runs as Sussex turned things around in style against Northants on day one.

Sussex were 68-6 but they each passed 150 to go within 43 of the all-time English record seventh-wicket stand.

England all-rounder Jordan closed on a career-best 158, with Brown on 153 as Sussex reached 370-6 at Wantage Road.

Ben Sanderson took 3-9 in a dominant first session for Northants, dismissing both openers Phil Salt and Ben Haines.

No one in the Sussex top five scored more than 20 runs on a morning which saw bowlers well on top across the County Championship.

Jordan reached his ton minutes before wicket-keeper Brown as they broke Sussex’s previous seventh-wicket record partnership of 108 against Northants, set in 1921 by Maurice Tate and Herbert Wilson.

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Chessington surprise: Pupils go to theme park instead of exam



Primary school pupils who thought they were due to sit an exam turned over their papers to discover they would be going on a surprise theme park trip.

Staff at the school in Horsham, West Sussex, secretly organised the visit to Chessington World of Adventures.

The exam paper said they had been “tricked” into thinking they had a “science test” but would actually be spending the day on roller-coasters.

Their teacher said it was a “treat to say well done” for their hard work.

The year 6 class at St Andrews School in Nuthurst had spent the week sitting SATs exams.

Deputy head teacher Sam Bacon, who planned the surprise, said: “I felt like I wanted to do something slightly more for them as they had been working so hard and it came to me that we could surprise them.”

He emailed parents to get permission and swore them to secrecy.

“They kept the secret brilliantly,” he said.

The mock exam paper told children to not to make any noise, allowing their classmates time to read the question.

“Once I knew that everyone had read the question, I confirmed it and there were quite a few tears of joy and more disbelief,” he said.

Mr Bacon, 31, said the school’s approach was to avoid “stressing children out” about SATs.

“We tell them that it is important to try their best, but the result does nothing more than to tell them what they can do in those specific subjects, and there is far more to education than that.”

Details of the trip posted on the school’s Facebook page prompted a flurry of supportive messages.

A former pupil wrote on Facebook: “What a beautiful thing to do. I went to this school a billion years ago and I am so pleased to read it’s still very special. Fantastic.”

Another said: “That’s made me cry. Fantastic.”

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County lines: The fight against the illegal drug trade



Police in Sussex say London drug gangs are increasingly using guest houses and Airbnb rentals to target provincial towns.

The “county lines” drug trade sees young or vulnerable people used to traffic drugs.

This footage was filmed by an officer during an operation in Hastings.

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