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Midlands clinic to offer pioneering new eye operation

A pioneering new eye operation to reverse vision problems could banish reading glasses to the history book.

The Space Healthcare clinic in Leamington Spa is the first place in the UK to offer the procedure, known as Raindrop corneal inlay, after it was developed in America.

Reading glasses could be a thing of the past thanks to a new operation Credit: PA

It involves a tiny implant, no bigger than a pinhead, which sits inside the cornea and increases its curvature, allowing the eye to focus properly again.

It's designed to tackle presbyopia - a condition which affects people's ability to switch focus between near and distant objects, especially in old age.


Police seek witnesses to sexual assault

Police are seeking witnesses to a sexual assault on a teenage girl in Leamington Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are seeking witnesses after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at a Leamington bus stop.

The teenager was waiting outside 'Savers' on Leamington Parade at 3.30pm on August 20.

She was approached by a man in his 60s or 70s who sat next to her and began 'whispering in her ear' before touching her inappropriately.

The victim then stood up and got on the number 67 bus, and the man followed her on board. He got off at a stop on Campion Hill, and walked down Leicester Street.

Exceptionally clear CCTV pictures released after assault at train station

British Transport Police CCTV Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police have released these pictures of people they would like to speak to following an assault at Leamington Spa railway station.

A 25-year-old man from Southam was chased and assaulted by two men as he walked back to the station with a friend in the early hours of Sunday 24 May.

Police think these men will be able to help with their inquiries. Credit: British Transport Police

Police think these men will be able to help with their inquiries.

Man jailed for life for Leamington pensioner murder

Scott Melville must serve a minimum of 26 years in prison Credit: Warwickshire Police

A man who murdered a Leamington pensioner has been jailed for life with a minimum of 26 years.

91-year-old Sydney Pavier was attacked at his home in Gordon Street in September last year and died as a result of his injuries six weeks later.

Sydney had served in the army and worked as a carpenter Credit: Warwickshire Police

Police say they do not know why Scott Melville, 39, of no fixed address, broke into Mr Pavier's home.

DCI James Essex from Warwickshire Police said:

“Sydney was found badly beaten, lying unconscious on his bed, when relatives called to see him on the morning of 16 September last year.

"The door had been kicked in and the house ransacked.

“Despite his horrendous injuries, Sydney battled to live, but more than a month later on the 28th October he sadly lost his fight for life.”


Leamington Spa-inspired garden takes silver at Chelsea

A garden inspired by Royal Leamington Spa and made by people in the town has won a silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Leamington-inspired garden and arbour Credit: Advent Communications

The exhibit was designed by Debbie Cooke and put together by florist Sarah Horne, with Warwickshire-based metal sculptor Clive Sanderson making its Regency-style arbour enclosure.

It is the first time they have combined their artistic efforts - and they hope that the garden will reflect the spirit of Leamington.

Some of the flowers which feature in the creation Credit: Advent Communications

The ambitious project has been managed by BID Leamington, and around 70 local businesses have contributed.

Around 160,000 visitors are due to attend the five-day show, which runs until Saturday, and more than three million people are expected to tune in to the TV coverage.

Metal chairs covered in flowers feature as part of the design Credit: Advent Communications

Pupils disciplined after spiking teacher's coffee

Two primary school pupils have been disciplined after spiking a teacher's coffee with a "home-made concoction" thought to contain bathroom products.

Clapham Terrace Community Primary School in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, declined to say what punishment had been given to the boys involved in the incident.

The teacher, named in reports as Emma Place, is believed to have been warned not to drink the doctored flask of coffee by other pupils.

In a statement confirming that disciplinary action had been taken, Clapham Terrace's chair of governors, Philip Robbins, said the teacher involved did not wish to press criminal charges.

Mr Robbins said: "During the first week of the summer term, two of our older pupils added a home-made concoction, believed to be a mixture of bathroom products, to a teacher's drink on her desk in the classroom.

"The teacher was alerted to this and did not drink her drink.

"With the cooperation of their parents, the two pupils concerned were removed from their normal lessons and were disciplined by the school, in a manner consistent with the school's normal pastoral policy.

"Pupils will receive ongoing guidance and counselling within school."

Mr Robbins said Warwickshire Police have been informed of the incident and had liaised with the headteacher.

But he added: "Neither the teacher concerned nor the school intends to press charges.

"Clapham Terrace School is proud of its reputation as a caring school where pupils' behaviour and the school's pastoral care are of a very high standard.

"Our main concern, following this incident, is to protect the best interests of our children and their families, and to support the teacher concerned, and other members of staff so that the school can put this incident behind it and continue with its normal business."

Warwickshire Police said officers had been called to a school in Leamington Spa following concern for the safety of a person.

Advice and guidance had been provided by officers to children at the school, which had determined that the "isolated incident" could be dealt with by staff, a police spokesman said.

"Black ring" could have been caused by Warwick Castle

Teenager Georgina Heap spotted the ring in the sky Credit: SWNS

A mysterious "black ring" in the sky could have been caused by fire effects being test by Warwick Castle.

Teenager Georgina Heap snapped the ring on her mobile phone after spotting it above Leamington Spa on Friday night.

A Warwick Castle spokesperson said:

"As part of our 1,100th anniversary celebrations this year, we've been testing a number of fire effects to enhance our daily Trebuchet Fireball Spectacular show – the world’s largest firing catapult.

"We’ve seen a number of different effects including the vortex images that have been reported. As yet we don't know what causes the phenomenon but it's certainly a spooky spectacle.”

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