Police Launch Investigation After Illness Outbreak At West Bromwich Sheltered Housing Complex

People Suffered From Symptoms Similar To Food Poisoning

11.08.2014

Police have launched an investigation into an outbreak of illness at a West Bromwich sheltered housing complex that left staff and residents suffering from symptoms similar to food poisoning.

As of August 6th, West Midlands Police confirmed that an arrest was made and that a 23 year old was then bailed  in relation to the incident at Goldfield Court, which left 16 people suffering with sickness and diarrhoea.

Reports suggest four of the victims were taken to hospital for treatment.

Further tests will be undertaken at the facility to determine the cause of the illness.

Housing and Care 21, which operates the complex in partnership with Sandwell Council, has confirmed that a care worker had been suspended and that the company will be helping the police with their investigations in order to determine the cause of the outbreak.

Expert Opinion
Reports of illness at the sheltered housing complex are extremely worrying. We have seen on numerous occasions through our work with victims of sickness outbreaks in the UK and abroad that these incidents can have long-term consequences for those affected.

"It is vital further investigations are carried out to ascertain the cause of the outbreak at the complex."
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner