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Dementia stories - Doug Kirk

Doug and wife Suzanne Credit: ITV News

Doug Kirk was just 52 when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He continued to work for a few years, but eventually had to give up his job as a carpenter.

But the biggest blow came when he had his driving licence taken away.

Doug’s Alzheimer’s affects his ability to understand and articulate words. He also has memory loss, and struggles to deal with stressful situations.

Being so young, Doug’s wife Suzanne says one of the biggest challenges has been coping financially. And they’ve both had to come to terms with changing their plans for the future.


New lease of life for Coventry Bees

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Coventry Bees have been offered a new lease on Brandon Stadium following last ditch talks coordinated by Rugby Council.

The speedway team had been facing their last season at the site after it had been sold for development but talks between the Bees and agents acting for the new landowners have offered them a new lease to allow the team to continue competing next season while searching for a new site.

"While the long-term future of the Coventry Bees is still a concern, there can be no doubt that this offer has given the speedway team some security in the short-term, our fans can support the team knowing that there is an offer on the table that will allow another full season at Brandon Stadium.”

– Mick Horton, Coventry Speedway

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.


Two bailed over death of boy, five, at water park

Two people arrested after the death of a five-year-old boy at a water park in Leicestershire have been bailed.

Two people arrested after the death of a five-year-old boy at a water park have been bailed Credit: Google Street View

The pair, believed to be his mother and stepfather, were held after the child named locally as Charlie Dunn, died in hospital following the incident at Bosworth Water Park.

It has been claimed an 11-year-old boy pulled him out of the lagoon, having discovered his lifeless body at around 3.50pm on Saturday.

The five-year-old has been named locally as Charlie Dunn Credit: SWNS

We would continue to ask people not to speculate about the incident and the circumstances surrounding the death and leave the authorities to carry out their investigations.

– Leicestershire Police

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: "Our investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death are ongoing. The two people arrested in connection with the incident and have now been released on police bail pending further enquiries."

"We would continue to ask people not to speculate about the incident and the circumstances surrounding the death and leave the authorities to carry out their investigations."

Eyewitnesses took to social media to describe what they saw - posting on Facebook, Sheena Thomas said: "My 11-year-old nephew pulled this lil boy from the water after feeling his hair whilst searching for his goggles he had lost."

The outdoor attraction near Market Bosworth and Nuneaton includes 50 acres of parkland and 20 acres of lakes and lagoons for boating, fishing and sailing,according to its website.

"From all of the staff at Bosworth Water Park, we would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to everyone affected by this tragic loss of life."

– Bosworth Water Park

Sharon Robinson commented on a post by the water park, saying: "Would like to thank everyone involving in trying to help the emergency services and a big thank you to Walgrave Hospital for the help and support.

"I am a family member it was my grandson please do not speculate as no one really knows what happened, but it is a very sad time for us all and a very sad loss of such a young life."

Witness Raegan Birley said on the social media site: "We were quite near and were totally shaken seeing this happen.

"To everyone that helped, you worked so so hard, it must be devastating to see this news.

"To this little boy's family I am so so sorry. Things can change in seconds and this must be horrific for any family to go through."

Penny Broughton said: "I was helping today with the CPR and it truly was (the) most heartbreaking thing I've done."

Melanie Allen posted: "Saw this horrible tragedy yesterday and will never get those images out of my head."

Officers have asked that anyone who witnessed the incident or those who have footage at the park around the blue lagoon beach to call 101, quoting incident 440 of July 23.

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Weekend Picks: Belgrade Mela

The Belgrade Mela: Sat 23rd July (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry)

Visitors can watch traditional South Asian dancing at the event Credit: Nicola Young

Coventry’s annual, one-day South Asian Arts Festival takes place this Saturday.

Showcasing the city’s South Asian arts, artists and arts organisations, the Belgrade Mela will see representatives come together to provide a platform for emerging South Asian talent.

A range of workshops will be held throughout the day including: An Introduction to Yoga, Learn Bollywood Dancing, An Introduction to Bharatanatyam Dancing, Learn to play the Dhol and Classical South Asian Instruments.

“The Belgrade Mela is very much a community-wide event in which all south Asian religions, cultures and communities can come together as one to enjoy their culture.

By choosing to hold the Mela at one of the city’s premiere arts venues – rather than outdoors which is the traditional setting for celebrations of this type – we hope to encourage better access to the theatre amongst Coventry’s South Asian communities.”

– Nasreen Akhtar Khan, Mela Artistic Director.

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