Police are investigating allegations that staff abused patients in a psychiatric ward

Police have launched an investigation into allegations that staff abused patients at a mental health facility.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the inquiry comes after a period of undercover filming at the Edenfield Centre.

The center is operated by the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) in Prestwich, Manchester, with 11 medium-security wards.

Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, head of GMP’s public protection department, said: “It goes without saying that these allegations are worrying. Since this was brought to our attention, we have been working with partner organizations to ensure the protection of vulnerable individuals.

“We have also received the information needed to launch a criminal investigation and investigations are ongoing to ensure all crime is recorded and those involved are identified.

“In consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, we are reviewing Panorama’s footage to prosecute anyone caught committing a crime. Anyone with concerns about the care they or a loved one has received should contact us or Crimestoppers.”

Immediate action has been taken to address the issues raised and ensure patient safety, which is our top priority

A GMMH spokesman previously said: “We would like to reassure patients, carers, staff and the public that we take the matters raised by the BBC very seriously.”

“Immediate action has been taken to address the issues raised and to ensure patient safety, which is our top priority.

“We are in contact with partner authorities and stakeholders including Greater Manchester Police. We are unable to comment further on these matters at this time.”

Anyone with information should contact GMP via gmp.police.uk or 101 quoting Operation Crawton. Crime information can also be shared anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Greater Manchester Victim Services can be contacted via gmvictims.org.uk or 0161 200 1950.

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