Ex-Corrie star’s mum in emotional plea after arrest for taking gran, 97, out of care home

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A retired nurse arrested after she took her 97-year-old mum out of a care home says she “desperately” wants to look after her mother herself.

Gran-of-eight Ylenia Angeli, 73, said she was “terrified” she would never see her dementia-suffering mum Tina Thornborough again due to the England’s second national coronavirus lockdown.

The mum of ex-Corrie actress Leandra Ashton claimed the incident wasn’t premeditated as she pleaded: “Please let me take my mum home.”

Mrs Angeli was on Tuesday detained by police who were called by staff at Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.

She was later de-arrested and released, and her mum was returned to the care home.

Distressing footage of the arrest was put on social media by Ms Ashton, 42, who portrayed Saskia Larson on Coronation Street between March and June 2016.

Mrs Angeli said she had not been able to see her mother properly due to the coronavirus pandemic as care home visits have not been allowed.

In the video, Ms Ashton said her grandmother had not seen her for nine months.

Mrs Angeli pleaded for rules around care home visits to be relaxed for relatives.

She said: “I took my mum because I want to care for her myself.

“I want to be the one who feeds her, hugs her, puts my arms around her and everything else.

“She’s 97 with not very long left and with the second lockdown imminent I was terrified about not being able to see her.

“This would have been and probably will turn out to be our last visit with her for some time.

“If she’s at home with me I can see her everyday and give her everything she needs.

“She has deteriorated to the point she needs an awful lot of care and I feel like I’m best-placed to give it to her.

“I’m a trained nurse, I had my own care home so I know what I’m doing.

“I just want to plead with the social care system to please let me take my mum home.”

Ms Ashton was heard sobbing in the video and saying “everyone needs to see how ridiculous this situation is”.

The distressing shows Mrs Angeli being handcuffed and detained in the back of a police car while her frail mother looks on.

Mrs Angeli said afterwards: “It was a horrific ordeal. When the police arrested me and put the handcuffs on I just thought, ‘this cannot be happening’, it was absolutely horrible.

“I could see how upset my daughter was getting and my mum was there too of course, I just wanted to protect them.”

She said she was speaking out not just for her mum, but for “all the elderly people in care”.

In a separate interview, she told LBC she has the training and experience to care for her mum herself at her own home.

She added: “I desperately want to care for my mother at home, which they are not allowing me to do. I am a trained nurse. I have a lot of experience in looking after the elderly.

“What I see just breaks my heart and I know that people all around the country are feeling the same.”

She continued: “It was just that emotions were so high.”

Ms Ashton said the incident happened after she and her mum went for a “window visit”.

She insisted the attempted removal of her grandmother was not premeditated and that the pair became emotional when they were told they could not see her without the glass.

She said: “When I saw my nan through the glass I started crying and my mum asked if we could bring nan out so we could see her without the glass.”

Ms Ashton continued: “She pushed this woman out of the way quite lightly to get to my nan so she could hug her.

“My mum then wheeled my nan around to see me and wheeled her towards me and she did she just kept going.

“We were outside and we just thought ‘let’s keep going’, it wasn’t premeditated.

“We got into a car then went to a nearby garden centre car park to gather our thoughts and decide what to do.

“My nan was absolutely fine, she was enjoying it all and just really, really pleased to see us.”

Ms Ashton added: “As we were working out what the hell we were going to do the police came and blocked us in.

“We said my mum was happy to go in and talk about the suspected assault but asked if we could take my nan back to my house, even just for 24 hours.

“We just wanted to care for her.

“The officer came back and said they were going to take my nan back to the care home, which is when my mum said ‘no’.

“She was refusing to let her go back, she made it clear they would have to arrest her before taking her mother.

“They arrested her on suspicion of assault but then de-arrested her not long after.”

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Noble of Humberside Police said the force was called to a report of an assault at the care home.

He said: “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.”

Northgate Care Home has declined to comment.