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"Our hearts are broken": family pays tribute to teenager

18 year old Charlie Barker died suddenly after going to a party Credit: Hampshire Police

A teenager who died at the weekend after going to a party, where it is believed he took an illegal drug, has been formally identified as 18-year-old Charlie Barker from the Wrecclesham area of Farnham.

His mother, Trudy Barker, in a tribute to her son said: "Charlie, even as a child, was confident and warm, in adulthood he grew to become a thoughtful, artistic and caring young man. He worked hard at the fish and chip shop while studying at Farnham College.

"Both at his place of work and at college he was loved by all, his smile lit up any room he entered. Everyone who met Charlie was touched by his thoughtfulness and caring attitude towards others.

"As a family we are lost without him, our hearts are broken. He will never be forgotten and will live on in the hearts of all he became dear to.”

The circumstances leading up to the sudden death are being investigated by Surrey Police.


Minor injuries after school bus crash

Two children are being treated for minor injuries after a coach crashed in Surrey.

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses to a collision involving a coach in Tilford Road, Rushmoor, Farnham, earlier this afternoon.

The single decker coach, which was carrying 40 schoolchildren, was involved in the collision around 3-43pm near the Duke of Cambridge pub.

Two of the pupils, who were aged between eight and 11 years, were taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford with minor injuries.

A number of other pupils were treated at the scene for shock. The driver was not injured but was also treated for shock.

Witnesses should contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting incident number P12136047.

Design guru made a professor

Prof Sir Terence Conran with UCA Vice-Chancellor Dr Simon Ofield-Kerr Credit: UCA

One of the world’s best known designers has become an honorary professor at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. Former Dorset schoolboy Sir Terence Conran received the award for services to design, education and the creative arts.

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