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Man forgets where he parked car, reunited with it 20 years later

In 1997 a now 76-year-old man reported his car as missing to the police in Frankfurt. On Wednesday city authorities reported that it had been found.

Man forgets where he parked car, reunited with it 20 years later
File photo of a disused car. Photo: DPA

The vehicle was found in the garage of a building which was to be demolished, city authorities confirmed. The car was in fact hindering the demolition process, forcing the demolition company to find out who it belonged to.

A subsequent investigation revealed that the vehicle had been reported missing 20 years beforehand. But it had not in fact been stolen – the owner of the car had himself parked the vehicle in the garage and then forgot that it was there.

The man has chosen not to keep the vehicle that was once so dear to him.

“The car can no longer be driven and will be sent to the scrap heap,” Frankfurt authorities state.

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.

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