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Shock as woman returned to home

Council staff cover the woman's head with a blanket as they leave

A woman has spoken of her shock after social services and police turned up at her home with a battering ram to take away her 86-year-old mother.

Ros Figg, of Coventry, took her mother Betty, who has dementia, from her local care home to look after her at home.

But two social workers and four police officers with a warrant arrived to take her back and placed a blanket over her head as they did so.

The council said Mrs Figg was taken out of the home against advice.

Betty Figg went into the care home a year ago.

The scene outside Ros Figg's home in Coventry
The scene outside Ros Figg's home in Coventry

On Saturday, after getting a room ready for her at her home in Keresley and claiming she feared for her mother's health at the home, Ros Figg brought her to her home.

But she said she was shocked when the police and social workers turned up on Monday with the battering ram, which was not used.

"They do that for drug dealers and people like that," Ms Figg said.

The warrant alleged Betty Figg was being mistreated or neglected.

"They have not got any proof of that. Maybe my mother does forget a lot and she is confused - but we were having a lovely time."

A Coventry City Council spokesman said Mrs Figg was removed from the home against advice and that the council was concerned about whether the family were able to give the care she needed.

He apologised for the blanket being placed over head, saying he believed the social workers were trying to protect her identity but could have gone about it differently.

The council is going to talk to the family, with an advocate representing Betty Figg's interests, he added.

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