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PUBLISHED: 12:14 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:17 12 August 2010

ALLEGATIONS of sexual, financial and physical abuse of elderly people have more than tripled since last year. In 2007/8 there were 118 reported cases in the borough but in 2008/9 the number had rocketed to 381, according to the Bromley Safeguarding Adult

ALLEGATIONS of sexual, financial and physical abuse of elderly people have more than tripled since last year.

In 2007/8 there were 118 reported cases in the borough but in 2008/9 the number had rocketed to 381, according to the Bromley Safeguarding Adults Board's (BSAB) annual report.

The findings of the BSAB, made up of several agencies including the police, Age Concern and Bromley council, revealed 80 allegations of financial abuse, 80 reported incidents of neglect, 19 accusations of sexual abuse and 70 alleged physical abuses.

Family members were the main alleged perpetrators, making up 108 of the cases. Of the 98 cases which have concluded, 56 per cent were proven to be true, with financial and multiple abuse being the most common.

Chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse Gary FitzGerald said: "Residential homes are robustly controlled, so this is more likely to happen in people's own homes, by family, friends, neighbours or home helps. The justification used by sons and daughters is that the money is their inheritance."

The number of incidents involving paid carers was down from 38 per cent to 25 per cent. In total, 55 per cent of all the abuse allegations were proven to be true, while 33 per cent were not and 12 per cent proved inconclusive.


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