Police are investigating an allegation of rape at a Taplow-based mental health hospital.

Thames Valley Police were notified of the report on November 3, which documented the alleged incident from 2019 involving a girl who was a patient at Taplow Manor.

The incident at the private hospital in Maidenhead was reported to the police by a third party.

A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: "The force is conducting a thorough investigation into the allegation.

"No arrests have been made at this stage of the investigation."

The Huntercombe Group-owned hospital has previously been hit by a series of scandals with the CQC raising 'serious concerns' over patient welfare.

In the latest CQC report in August 2022, the hospital was rated 'requires improvement', with a rating of 'inadequate' for safety.

The hospital is currently managed by Active Care Group, which acquired the Huntercombe Group in 2021.

A spokesperson for Active Care Group said: “We are very sad and concerned to hear about this recently made allegation of an assault in 2019, however, Active Care Group did not have any involvement in the ownership or operation of Taplow Manor at the time it is purported to have happened.

"ACG acquired 12 of The Huntercombe Group services in December 2021 (including the brand), and previous owners retain all the legal entities and associated records for these facilities prior to their acquisition. We are therefore unable to comment.”

Elli Investments Group, who owned the hospital up until March 2021, told the Independent: "We are saddened by these allegations and regret that these hospitals and specialist care services, which were owned and independently managed by The Huntercombe Group, failed to meet the expected standards for high-quality care."