A CARE worker who repeatedly punched a vulnerable man on the arm, leaving him bruised has been struck of the register.

An inquiry was told Cameron Pearson ignored the man's pleas to stop 'play fighting' while he was under his care at Hollybank Care Home in Falkirk.

Witnesses reported seeing large bruises on the man's arms 'with colouring suggestive of different ages.'

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Pearsan also drank alcohol on a bus when he was taking the same resident and another man to a football match.

The incidents happened between January 11 2016 and October 16 2016 while he was employed as a support worker by Living Ambitions Limited.

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Pearson was struck off at a recent hearing of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), who said: "Your behaviour in punching AA amounted to an abuse of power and trust in relation to a vulnerable adult.

"Your actions caused actual harm, namely bruising and distress."