09/04/2012 Midlands Today


09/04/2012

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Tributes have been paid to a father and son who were killed in a road

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crash. Close friends of 14-year-old Ethan Sarkar paying their respects

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at the family home. The teenager from Garrett screen in Birmingham

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died along with his father Derek in a head-on collision on the Aire and

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Calder Bridge on the A6,100 and -- If you were down he would make you

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smile, no matter what. He was always there for you, hard working.

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Ethan was a front seat passenger in his dad's VW Golf. His nine-year-

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old sister, Abbey, and his mother, Karen, are still critically ill in

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Leeds General Infirmary. The driver of the other car, 70 Sheila

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Stavert-Lee, also died. Pupils have been leaving floral tributes at

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Eton's school. The principal says counselling will be offered to

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close friends. Ethan was a lovely young man, a

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genuinely lovely young man. He was kind, he was gentle, well-mannered

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to, and well respected by all. He was never in trouble and had a

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great future ahead of him. Residents near the bridge have

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called for improved safety. Friends back in Birmingham say the Sarkars

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were in East Yorkshire visiting relatives when the tragedy happened.

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Police are appealing for information after the body of a 19-

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year-old student from -- was found under an M6 flyover. Thomas Healey

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from Kingstanding was discovered near hurricane Park Industrial

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Estate in Erdington. More than half the patients

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admitted to a Birmingham eye treatment centre have been treated

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for a serious infection that could lead to blindness. Doctors at

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Birmingham's City Hospital say there has been a significant rise

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in the number of people with an aggressive contact lens-related

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infection. This student nearly lost to sight

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after she developed an infection while wearing contact lenses.

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My eyes became sore and swollen. They told me it was a rare

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infection but quite serious. If they had not founded earlier that

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was the potential for me to go blind. When I found out, it was

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quite shocking. The infection is one of the most

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aggressive eye infections and can spend with -- spread within days,

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causing inflammation. If untreated, it can lead to blindness. Of 192

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patients traded at this hospital over a four-month period, more than

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half had a serious infection. Some of them may have suffered serious

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damage to their site. This man specialises in treating

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eye infections. He says that a major cause is poor hygiene. Some

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people do not wash their hands when they are handling their lenses.

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Sometimes it is to do with tap water. It sometimes has some of the

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nastiest bugs in it. This girl now needs regular

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eyedrops. The advice is that, if you are in doubt, seek help.

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A Gloucestershire war memorial that was smashed by vandals last year

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has been rebuilt. The monument could not be repaired, so now,

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after months of painstaking work, a replacement is almost finished.

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Imagine doing this every day. It is a job for a perfectionist. I am

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just putting the last finishing touches on the detail. I am making

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it nice and sharp. A group of Gloucestershire stone

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masons have been chipping away for months, trying to get it right.

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They are creating something they never thought they would have to.

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It does add to the pressure, year. It is a piece which everybody will

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be able to see. To get it right, there was a lot of pressure.

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In October, the war memorial was knocked over and smashed into

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pieces, some of which were simply dumped by the roadside. Many of the

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villagers at Prestbury have relatives whose names are inscribed

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here. I was in tears when I saw what these people are done to the

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war memorial. It was awful. names are still present in the

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village. One could see that they do belong in this place and that is

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important for people to see that they are still there. The new

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sculpture will be unveiled on 14th April. Clegg will be 91 years to

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the day since the original was put in place.

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The football now. It is half-time in Aston Villa's game against Stoke

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City. Aston Villa are winning 1-0. Coventry lost 3-1 against Bristol

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City. The Blues a leading against West half -- West Ham at a time.

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One result from League 1. Walsall have gone down 1-0 at Charlton.

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Hereford have lost to Accrington Telford's match against Tamworth

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was abandoned after 43 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch.

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I think some people would find today's whether a welcome change. A

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soggy day. This week will be a welcome change because we have some

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April showers on the way. You will find in the next couple of hours

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that the rain will clear away to the east. There are a few showers,

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particularly in the West. There could be a touch of frost in

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sheltered spots as temperatures fall away. There windy gusts of

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around 35 mph Rover made. There will be a lot of sunshine first

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thing tomorrow, but turning wet through the day as an area of

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showers moves in. It will be quite breezy and cold in the showers.

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That is the way it goes for the rest of the week. Showers during

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