AN investigation has been launched after claims a woman was sexually assaulted at a care home.

Essex Police were called after the woman who worked at the Bradbury Care Home, in Roots Hall Drive, Southend, claimed she was sexually assaulted.

The mum-of-two has waived her legal right to anonymity, but will remain anonymous while the investigation continues.

The 45-year-old, who lives in Southend, claims a man touched her inappropriately at the care home, which is run by the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army confirmed they were aware of the investigation and were working with the authorities.

A spokesman said: “We take all allegations very seriously. We are supporting the police and the council with their investigations. While these processes are ongoing, we wouldn’t comment further.”

Essex Police confirmed they were investigating and that enquiries are now ongoing.

A spokesman added: “We received a call on April 14 with reports that a woman had been sexually assaulted at a care home in Southend. We received an allegation that a woman was assaulted by a man on February 1.

“The investigation has been allocated to a designated officer and we have since identified a man we would like to talk to in relation to the report. “

The Bradbury Care Home provides accommodation for the elderly and was rated as good in all areas during its latest inspection by health watchdogs in April.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Southend police station on 101 quoting crime 42/60963/19.

Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.