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Luton woman in court in dementia 'neglect' bus case

A council worker has appeared in court charged with neglect after an elderly woman with dementia was left on a bus in Luton overnight.

Joan Cook, 87, spent 14 hours at a depot after being picked up from a day centre in May, Luton magistrates heard.

Susan McLaughlin, 43, of Brunel Road, Luton, is charged with neglect, contrary to Section 4 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

She was bailed to return to the same court on 22 August.

The court heard Ms Cook should have been dropped off at her care home in Luton.

She was discovered by a driver at 07:00 BST the following day, when the depot re-opened.

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