A care home in Cardross has been shut after mounting worries that residents faced risks to life, health and wellbeing.

The Care Inspectorate sought an emergency cancellation of Clyde View Care Home's operating licence after escalating concerns about how the home was being run.

The move - which shocked staff and residents - came after inspectors served an Improvement Notice on March 9 outlining urgent improvements required for residents.

The inspectors had significant concerns about how residents were cared for, how medicines were managed, the washing and laundering of residents’ clothes, how infection was being prevented, and black mould and damaged plasterwork in rooms, including people’s bedrooms.

In a statement to the Advertiser, the inspectorate said: “Since then, we have monitored the situation closely and following further concerns identified by inspectors, we sought the cancellation of the service’s registration in the courts in order to protect residents from serious risk of harm.

“This is not action we take lightly, but necessary in the circumstances.

Following the closure, there were reportedly traumatic scenes when the 10 residents were moved to other accommodation and staff hit out over the running of the home, saying they were short staffed, under trained and left without a manager since October.

However, owner Reheeela Khan was reported as saying that staff were "sleeping on the job".

She criticised the Care Inspectorate for their decision and described how the closure had become as a "big blo2".

Inspections were first carried out in February because of concerns about the care being provided and the inability of the provider to appoint and retain a suitable manager.

As a result of this inspection, an improvement notice was served in March.

The inspectors added: "What we found in the home at that time was unacceptable.

"We then visited the homes again to check on progress and found that our concerns had escalated to the degree we felt there was a risk to the life, health, or wellbeing of residents, which is the legal threshold for seeking an emergency cancellation in the courts, so we sought an emergency cancellation at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

"That action is still ongoing, although the local authorities have now supported residents to move to other care settings and the home currently has no residents."

Argyll and Bute HSCP has confirmed it had found alternative accommodation for three residents it had there.

No one from the home responded to the Advertiser's emails seeking comments on the closure.