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Boots offer 'deepest condolences' after manslaughter verdict

Vinnie Barker was assessed at Boots. Credit: PA

Boots Opticians say they offer their "deepest condolences" to the family of an eight-year-old boy from Ipswich who died when an optometrist failed to spot a life-threatening condition.

Vinnie Barker died from fluid on the brain five months after a routine eye test by 35 year-old Honey Rose at Boots in 2012.

Rose was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Ipswich Crown Court this morning.

We offer our deepest condolences to Vincent Barker’s family.

Our thoughts throughout this difficult period remain with the family following these tragic events.

– Ben Fletcher, Managing Director, Boots Opticians

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Optometrist guilty of manslaughter after failing to spot condition

Honey Rose didn't spot Vinnie Barker's condition. Credit: ITV News Anglia/Suffolk Police

An optometrist has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after failing to spot a life-threatening condition on an Ipswich boy.

Eight-year-old Vinnie Barker died from fluid on the brain five months after a routine eye test by 35 year-old Honey Rose at Boots in 2012.

The prosecution argue that Vinnie had swollen optic discs and could have been saved if it had been spotted.

Optometrist manslaughter trial: Court hears evidence

An optometrist, accused of incompetence in carrying out an eye test on an eight-year-old boy who later died, has begun giving evidence at Ipswich Crown Court.

35-year-old Honey Rose, from East London, told the jury about the difficulty she had examining Vinnie Barker's eyes because he was struggling with the bright light she was shining into them.

She denies manslaughter by gross negligence.

Click below for Malcolm Robertson's report from Ipswich Crown Court

Police investigate sexual assault in Ipswich

Police are appealing for information following a sexual assault in Ipswich.

On Wednesday 6 July at approximately 1.50pm, the victim, a sixteen year old girl, had left Ipswich station, crossed the road close to Station Hotel, and was heading into town on the Princes Street bridge footpath.

A man walked past and complimented her, and as she stopped, he grabbed her with both hands, pulled her towards him and then kissed her on the cheek and lips.

The man is described as a white male, 5 foot 6 inches tall, between 20 and 25 years old, with facial stubble and dark brown wavy hair that was cropped at the sides. He spoke with a foreign accent and was wearing a white t-shirt with a central logo.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information that could help with this investigation.

Jury hears expert witness in optometrist's gross negligence trial

Video report from ITV Anglia's Malcolm Robertson.

An eye specialist says an optometrist failing to carry out an internal examination of the eyes during a routine test would be guilty of a "fairly massive breach" in the duty of care.

Richard Booth was giving evidence in the trial of Honey Rose, an optometrist from East London, who is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of an eight-year-old boy from Suffolk.

She denies the charge. The trial continues at Ipswich Crown Court.

"If you see someone with a swollen optic disc, your duty is to refer that patient - and refer that patient urgently, ideally within 24 to 48 hours."

– Richard Booth, eye specialist

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Court hears how optometrist's negligence caused death of boy

An optometrist is on trial for manslaughter after allegedly failing to spot an eye condition which resulted in the death of a young boy.

A jury has heard that 8-year-old Vincent Barker - known as Vinnie - would still be alive today if the optometrist carrying out his eye test had spotted he had a potentially life-threatening condition.

The prosecution claim Honey Rose from East London was grossly negligent. She denies a charge of manslaughter.

Click below for Malcolm Robertson's report from Ipswich Crown Court

Eye specialist arrives at court over 'preventable' death of boy

The death of an eight-year-old boy could have been prevented if an eye specialist had "done her job properly", a court has heard.

Vincent Barker, known as Vinnie, died on July 13 2012 - around five months after he was taken to have a routine eye test at Boots the Opticians in Upper Brook Street in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The conduct of locum optometrist Honey Rose, 35, fell so far below the standards expected that it was "criminal", prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said.

Police hunt woman who went missing after leaving hospital

Hannah Goddard went missing after leaving Ipswich hospital on Monday evening. Credit: Suffolk Police

Suffolk Police are concern for the welfare of a woman who went missing after leaving Ipswich hospital on Monday evening.

26-year-old Hannah Goddard was last seen after being discharged from hospital at 6.30pm.

She is described as white, with shoulder length ginger hair. She is 5’6” and of slim build with a freckled complexion. She left the hospital on foot.

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