Piers Morgan spoke out in support of the retired nurse who was arrested for trying to take her 97-year-old mother out of her care home.
Former Coronation Street star Leandra Ashton filmed the incident in a car park in East Yorkshire on Tuesday, claiming she and mum Ylenia Angeli had tried to take grandma Tina Thornborough from the home as they had not seen her for nine months.
She described her gran as ‘deteriorating’ and in an interview with Good Morning Britain on Friday.
‘It takes two hours to feed her, that is not enough time for a care worker to sit with her and feed her’ Leandra said.
She argued that the social care system ‘needs to be properly funded and the staff need to be properly, properly paid and properly trained’.
Piers replied that ‘common sense should have come into play’ regarding Tina’s situation.
He said: ‘It didn’t need police involvement, you should have been allowed to take your mother home.
‘If that was my mother, in a few years time, I would have absolutely done exaxctly the same thing.
‘Alright it may be a technical breach of these rules but common sense has to come into play. What happened, being handcuffed by the police, was outrageous.’
His point was also backed by presenter Lorraine Kelly who said she would have acted the same way as Leandra and her mother.
Susanna Reid commented earlier in the programme: ‘They haven’t had a hug in nine months. We need to look after each other right now because lockdown is tough.’
The actress appeared on Coronation Street in 2018 as Saskia Larson, the fiancee of Will Chatterton (Leon Ockenden).
In a statement assistant chief constable Chris Noble of Humberside Police said they had responded to ‘a report of an assault at a care home’.
He went on: ‘The officer in attendance had to ensure that everyone was safe and in particular the 97-year-old lady who was frail and vulnerable, and so made the decision to briefly restrain the 73-year-old woman until the situation was calm and under control.
‘Officers then returned the elderly lady to the home. ‘The 73-year-old lady was then immediately unrestrained, de-arrested and allowed to return home with her daughter.
‘She and her daughter thanked the officers for the way they had dealt with the incident.
‘We understand that this is an emotional and difficult situation for all those involved.
‘We sympathise with all families who are in this position and will continue to provide whatever support we can to both parties.’
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