Ex-Corrie star whose mum was arrested says gran, 97, now out of care home

An ex-Coronation Street actress whose mum was arrested while trying to remove her grandma from a care home has revealed the 97-year-old is now home.

Leandra Ashton shared footage of her mum being handcuffed, while her grandmother – who has dementia – sat in the car during the incident in East Yorkshire last month.

The Corrie star said her mum Ylenia Angeli, 73, who later had the arrest withdrawn by Humberside Police, had not been able to see her mum Tina for nine months due to the coronavirus pandemic and wanted to take her home.

But after tense scenes, Leandra said that her grandmother had been allowed to return home eventually.

She said: “She is home. It has been the most hellish week, but we got her out in the end.

She said: “She is home. It has been the most hellish week, but we got her out in the end.

“We are delighted, exhausted. We spent most of Saturday and Sunday just crying with utter relief.

“It’s wonderful to have her home. She is very weak. She has a reduced appetite. We are trying to build her up.”

She said she felt sorry for the families of other people who are trying to bring their loved ones home.

Leandra added: “It’s been horrible. It’s like the worst torture you can give anyone to say you can’t see your loved ones.

“To hug her at that moment, we just cried. We just kept holding hands and singing to her, listening to Italian music.”

The Corrie star said her family is happy to be able to spend Christmas together after being apart for so long.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council confirmed Tina was allowed to go home on Friday night after meeting with social workers last week.

The gran, who is originally from Naples, Italy, is “weak and deteriorated” as they try to “nourish her back to life”, Leandra said.

The happy niece added: “It was just like a Christmas miracle, it really was. I can hardly believe it. It’s been such a long hard fight.

“She has been hugged and kissed, and holding hands. She is sometimes swearing at me in Italian which is a great sign.”

In November, Leandra posted the distressing clip of her mum being packed into a police patrol car on Facebook, calling for relatives to be treated like “key workers” to avoid such situations happening to anyone else.

The former actress and yoga teacher wrote how the the family had been trying for months to take her gran home, after growing frustrated with window visit-only policies.

Leandra Ashton shared the distressing footage on Facebook

In the video, Leandra could be seen trying to reassure her gran who was sitting in the front of the family car.

She told her: “Nan, I love you and we are going to fight for you.”

She cried as her mum was put in the police car, and could be heard to say as she filmed: “I’m not fine. It’s ridiculous, it’s my grandmother, we want to be with our grandmother.”

Ylenia replied: “I love you, come here. Stay strong.”

The star’s mum was taken to a police station, but was later released.

Leandra’s gran had been living in the care home in Market Weighton for around a year before the family eventually managed to bring her back home.