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Care assistant in court charged with sex offences

Nottingham Crown Court. Credit: PA

A healthcare assistant has appeared in court charged with a string of sex offences at a mental health unit.

Robert Roberts, 59, is charged with 14 counts of sexual assault and two of rape alleged to have been committed in 2014, Nottinghamshire Police said.

The force said the charges relate to incidents said to have taken place at Millbrook Mental Health Unit in Mansfield.

Roberts, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday morning for a 10-minute hearing during which no pleas were entered.

He was released on bail and will next appear for a plea hearing on September 9, with a week-long trial set to start on April 24 2017.


Blue water warning for Severn Trent customers

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Severn Trent customers have been asked to look out for an illegal fitting on their toilets that could lead to their water turning bright blue.

The inlet valve that, when combined with a blue toilet block, can result in the blue toilet water being siphoned back to the kitchen tap after a loss of supply.

An example of the fitting Credit: Severn Trent

Essentially, the incorrectly installed valves are submerged in water in toilet cisterns and won’t cause a problem unless there happens to be a loss of supply.

Once that happens, the valve effectively ‘sucks’ the water all the way back to the kitchen tap and our customers end up with bright blue water that, for obvious reasons, they shouldn’t drink.

– Dan Littlewood, Water Fittings Technician
Credit: Severn Trent

The company is urging people to make sure their toilets are installed correctly in line with the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme.

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