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Worker suspended over claims Alzheimer's sufferer 'left on bus'

A council employee has been suspended over claims a Bedfordshire woman suffering from Alzheimer's was left locked on a bus overnight.

The woman, thought to be in her 80s, was picked up in Luton by a council bus service on Monday afternoon.

She had been due to be dropped off at her sheltered accomodation elsewhere in the town at 17:30 BST but was not found until about 14 hours later.

Luton Borough Council said in a statment it was investigating.

Employee suspended

"We can confirm that a member of staff has been suspended without prejudice while this investigation is being carried out," a council spokesman said.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."

The alarm was raised when Westminster Homecare went to the woman's home and found she was missing.

The woman was found when the Luton bus depot reopened on Tuesday.

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