A POLICE probe has been launched into allegations of physical assaults against vulnerable clients at a Hampshire disability charity.

Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed it is investigating reports that an employee at Enham Trust physically assaulted three male clients over a five month period.

According to police, the allegations relate to assaults which are said to have taken place between Thursday, December 1 last year and Friday, April 7 this year.

Police say the alleged incidents occurred at the charity’s care home site on Weston Court, Enham Alamein, Andover.

However the charity said the alleged victims are not residents of its care homes, but instead clients who live in the village.

Heath Gunn, chief executive of Enham Trust, has praised the charity’s “robust” safeguarding procedures in light of the allegations.

He added that the member of staff who is alleged to have carried out the assaults was “immediately suspended” pending an internal investigation.

Mr Gunn said: “We immediately instigated our robust safeguarding procedures all of which worked well to protect the individuals involved once we were made aware.

“We have cooperated fully with the police throughout their investigation and have supported the people involved at every stage, all of which I have spoken to and all have been happy with the support they have received from Enham.”

Officers say a 40-year-old man from Andover has been arrested as part of the investigation.

He has been released from custody but remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44170116890.