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RETIRED CARE WORKER CHARGED WITH BIRMINGHAM HOSTEL MURDERS

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A retired care worker will appear before Birmingham magistrates today charged with the murder of two elderly reside...
A retired care worker will appear before Birmingham magistrates today charged with the murder of two elderly residents at a hostel for homeless men, reports The Times (p3).

West Midlands Police said that inquiries were continuing and the man, 65, was likely to be interviewed further about other allegations of physical abuse at the Summerhill hostel in Ladywood.

The number of suspicious deaths being investigated at the hostel over 14 years is thought to be about 16, according to The Times.

The paper reports that the 32-bed hostel was the first of its kind in the country to be run by a local authority and was the city council's flagship in 1980s.

The retired council worker is believed to have taken early retirement when the hostel left council control in 1993 and was taken over by the Focus housing association.

The Sunday Times (page 22) noted that the council's Labour leader, Theresa Stewart, and Edwina Curry, Tory MP for South Derbyshire, both chaired the council's social services committee during that time.

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