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Doctor say amnesia man faces long recovery

'Robert' who cannot remember who he is

Doctors have warned that a man found in Peterborough who cannot remember his own name faces a long road to recovery even once his identity has been established. They launched an appeal after a man, named Robert by medics, was found in a park suffering from a severe case of amnesia.


He cannot recall any details of his life including his name, age or where he is from. The only hints of his previous life are an Eastern European accent and understanding of Lithuanian and Russian along with his sporting ability, with him showing skills at basketball, tennis and football.

Dr Manaan Kar Ray, clinical director of acute care, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Trust

Nearly two months since he was found Robert, who is fluent in English, has shown no signs of improvement. Dr Manaan Kar Ray said that cases of short-lived amnesia were relatively common and could result from severe trauma, some kind of seizure, severe depression or a suicide attempt.

However, the duration of Robert's condition is far more unusual and does not fit conventional explanations.

The case is the first of its kind the doctor has come across in a 15-year career.

He added:

_ "When we do get a name that will be the beginning of the journey and the challenge will be how we integrate autobiographical memory back into Robert and how he deals with it._


Part of Robert's treatment involves taking him back to where he was found along with towns with large Eastern European populations, such as Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, to see if it jogs his memory.



Disabled woman dies in flat fire during strike

A disabled woman has died in a blaze at Peterborough which happened while fire crews were on strike. The incident happened at 5.38pm yesterday at a flat in Risby, North Bretton - about an hour and a half before members of the Fire Brigades Union were due to end a day of industrial action.

The woman, who was aged in her 50s, died at the scene. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said its contingency plans meant three crews were able to attend. The first crew arrived on the scene 11 minutes after the 999 call was received.

Chief Fire Officer Graham Stagg said:"Three crews responded to the incident immediately and arrived in the time we normally would, with the same number of crews as usual, had FBU members not been striking."

Terror suspect arrested at Luton Airport

Luton Airport

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism at Luton Airport while trying to travel to Turkey. Scotland Yard said the suspect was held on Wednesday afternoon by officers from Bedfordshire Police before he got on the flight to Istanbul.

He was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the preparation of acts to commit terrorism and taken to a police station in south London where he is still being questioned. Would-be jihadis who are trying to travel to Syria often fly to Turkey and then travel overland to Syria.

A search has been carried out at an address in west London as part of the investigation.

Dog walker attacked on disused airfield

Northamptonshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted on a disused airfield near Desborough.The victim, a 29-year-old man, was walking his dog on the aerodrome on Tuesday evening when two men in a blue Ford Transit, which had a yellow bonnet, asked for directions.

One of the men then grabbed the victim and punched him in the face and the other man pulled out a knife. The dog walker suffered superficial cuts before the men drove away.

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