December 13, 2007 / 8:38 AM / 12 years ago

Couple in care home probe released

A police officer stands behind a barrier in an undated file photo. Detectives probing the deaths of five people who lived at a care home in Somerset have released a couple they had arrested on suspicion of murder, police said on Thursday. REUTERS/Martin Bennett

LONDON (Reuters) - Detectives probing the deaths of five people who lived at a care home in Somerset have released a couple they had arrested on suspicion of murder, police said on Thursday.

The couple, identified in media reports as nurse Rachel Baker, 45 and her husband Leigh, 48, were freed on police bail pending further inquiries.

Detectives had arrested them earlier in the week on suspicion of murdering four women and a man at the Parkfields Care Residential Care Home in Butleigh.

Avon and Somerset Police also questioned them on suspicion of theft, unlawful possession of controlled prescribed drugs and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The care home was closed earlier this year after an inspection by watchdog, the Commission for Social Care Inspection, who had alerted police.

Police originally questioned the couple in January, and later exhumed the bodies of three former residents of the home in June and July.

Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Tim Castle

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