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Care home 'chaos' contributed to teenager's death, inquest rules

Sophie Bennett, 19, killed herself following cost-cutting upheaval at Lancaster Lodge

Neglect at a care home that had descended into “chaos” amid cost-cutting contributed to the death of Sophie Bennett, a mentally ill 19-year old, an inquest jury has ruled.

The former county-level swimmer described by her family as “bright, loving and caring” took her own life at Lancaster Lodge in Richmond, south-west London, in May 2016. The tragedy followed upheaval instigated by the operating charity, Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International (RPFI), which was advised by the internationally renowned mental health worker, Elly Jansen.

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