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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.

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Blue water warning for Severn Trent customers

Credit: Severn Trent

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.

Forklift used to steal ATM in Wellingborough

Thieves have used a 4x4 forklift to steal an ATM from a wall in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

It took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Response Sergeant, Darren Bishop, tweeted the following:

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