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

Munich shooting: 'I texted my sister, but didn't get a response for more than an hour'

A woman from Nottingham has been waiting anxiously for news of her sister after last night's fatal shootings in the German city where she lives.

Lisa Kirkham's sister Jane had to hide in the shop where she works as a gunman murdered nine people on the streets of Munich:

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'Too early' to say if Munich shooting was terror attack

It is "too early" to tell whether a shooting at a Munich shopping centre was a terrorist attack or a "rampage," the city's police chief has said.

Police near the scene of the shooting in Munich Credit: APTN

Hubertus Andrae said more would become clear as the investigation continues.

Nine people were killed when a gunman - identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian - opened fire at the Olympia shopping centre on Friday evening.

The suspect was later found dead of a self-inflicted wound.

Mr Andrae said the motive for the attack was not yet clear.


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Munich gunman 'was 18-year-old German-Iranian'

A dead man found near the Olympia shopping centre in Munich was the suspected gunman, police have confirmed.

In a press conference in the early hours of Saturday morning, Munich's police chief said the man had been identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian who used a pistol to open fire at a nearby McDonald's.

Armed officers patrol the streets of Munich after the shooting Credit: APTN

The motive for the attack, in which nine others were killed and several were injured, is not yet clear.

The man then took his own life and was found in a side street near the centre. He was not previously known to police, the police chief added. He had both German and Iranian citizenship and had lived in Munich for more than two years.

Three people spotted fleeing the scene of the attack, who police initially believed had been responsible for the shooting, have been identified and were not involved.

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Ninth body found near scene of Munich shooting attack

A ninth body has been found just over half a mile from a shopping centre where gunmen opened fire, killing at least eight people, a police spokesman has confirmed.

German radio station Bayerischer Rundfunk reported that the dead man was wearing a red backpack, similar to that seen on one of the attackers who opened fire at McDonald's at the Olympia centre. A robot was reportedly investigating the bag.

The police spokesman added it was unclear whether the gunmen were still in the city or in the surrounding areas.

On Twitter, the force has confirmed it is investigating whether one of the dead may have been behind the shooting.

Woman is fearful for sister trapped in Munich shootings

Lisa Kirkham's sister Jane Hampton lives in the city. Credit: PA

A woman from Nottingham says she is fearful for her sister who is among those trapped in shops near the Munich shooting.

Lisa Kirkham's sister Jane Hampton lives in the city. Lisa says she has Whats App messages from her saying she's OK but they are trapped in a plaza near to the main shooting scene shopping area.

Police have confirmed to German media there have been 'multiple deaths' after shots were fired at a Munich shopping centre.

A spokesperson for Munich Police has said today's shooting in the city is "suspected terrorism".

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Eyewitness: Everyone was really scared and confused

An eyewitness has described the moment she managed to escape from the shopping centre shooting in Munich, and described the moment of "panic".

Thamina Stoll told ITV News that she was walking towards the centre with her family when they were approached by a group fleeing from the scene.

She said the group heard the shooting and were "screaming and crying" and were "in panic".

Ms Stoll took them to her grandmother's apartment a short walk away, and said "about fifty people were running towards our house seeking shelter".

She added: "Everyone was really scared and confused. Nobody really knew what was going on."

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