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Sudip Sarker

Sudip Sarker told interviewers he had conducted 51 solo keyhole procedures but the true figure was six.

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In the papers: Sports centre staff save player's life

Worcester News

Here are a few of the headlines featuring in the Worcester News this morning:

Inventor targets buggy beach troubles

A Bromsgrove tennis coach has created a new device to help parent's with young children negotiate the beach.

Lee Cown has created the sandslider, which allows prams to be pushed across different surfaces.

A Bromsgrove tennis coach designs a new device to help pushchairs cross beaches

He came up with the idea on holiday in Gran Canaria when he saw a lady with a baby asleep in the pram, unable to join people on the beach.

I turned to my friends and I said, 'You know what guys, I'm going to invent something.' They gave me a bit of a laugh and said no chance. And I got home, got the cardboard and string out and started doing some prototype testing."

Lee CownSandslider inventor

Sudip Sarker: GMC investigations continuing

The General Medical Council says its investigations are ongoing into a doctor who committed fraud by lying about the amount of operations he had performed.

Sudip Sarker said he had conducted 85 keyhole procedures, 51 of them alone, but the true figure was just six. He was appointed to a £74,000 job at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Alexandra Hospital
BBC

After being found guilty of fraud by false representation by a jury at Worcester Crown Court, he has been jailed for six years.

The GMC said Sarker had been suspended from practice since June 2014 and an investigation was ongoing into concerns about the number of patients who died while under his care.

Weather: Temperatures set to drop

Disruption from snow and ice could last into Wednesday morning, the Met Office is warning.

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Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are in place for large parts of the region.

Forecasters said it was expected to be one of the coldest weeks of the winter so far.

The Local Government Association said 1.5 million tonnes of salt had been was stockpiled.

Homebase may close up to 40 stores

BBC Business News

Up to 40 Homebase stores could be closed across the country putting up to 2,000 jobs at risk.

Wesfarmers paid £340m for the DIY chain in early 2016 and has been rebranding the stores under the Bunnings name.

It operates more than 20 stores in the region, across the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Warwickshire.

Homebase staff generic
Reuters

But after a "disappointing" performance the Australian firm has put Homebase under review and expects it to lose £97m in the first half of 2018.

Between 20 and 40 of its stores are performing so poorly that they might have to be closed altogether, it said.

Illegal scrap dealer fined £3k

A man has been fined after admitting operating an unauthorised scrap metal site in Herefordshire.

Edward G Gillum, 75, of Leominster Scrap Metal, off North Road, Leominster, admitted the charges dating between August 2015 and September 2017 when he appeared at Hereford Magistrates' Court on Friday.

The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, after a member of the public reported the illegal waste site.

Some of the waste
Environment Agency

He was fined £3,340 and ordered to pay £8,669.54 in costs, along with a £150 victim surcharge.

Gillum registered for an Environmental Permit, but on a visit to the site in November 2015, the Environment Agency said its staff saw conditions were not being met.

An enforcement notice was served in July 2016 requiring Gillum to remove all waste from the site. But this was not complied with, the organisation said.

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BreakingSurgeon jailed for lying about operations

A surgeon has been jailed for six years for fraud after lying about the number of operations he had carried out to get a job.

Sudip Sarker told interviewers in 2011 he had conducted 85 keyhole procedures, 51 of them alone, but the true figure was just six. He was appointed to a £74,000 job at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

Sudip Sarker
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After a trial at Worcester Crown Court, the jury found him guilty of fraud by false representation.

Today, at the same court, Sarker, 48, of Botany Road in Broadstairs, Kent was sentenced to six years' imprisonment.

Previously, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said Sarker had worked at the trust for 14 months, until his suspension in October 2012, which led to his later dismissal.

Arrest after fatal crash

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal crash.

It happened on The Terrace in Clows Top in Worcestershire at 19:20 on Friday and involved a grey Lexus and a red Perodua Nippa.

The driver of the Perodua, a 52-year-old man suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. His passenger, a 48-year-old woman was seriously injured and taken to hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

The junction of the  B4202 and A456 in Clows Topp
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A 45-year-old man from Worcester, who was arrested, has been released under investigation.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the incident to come forward.

Your pictures: Stunning sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have been busy uploading pictures of this morning's sunrise.

Peter Bear Lowe took this image in Birmingham.

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Peter Bear Lowe

This was also taken in Birmingham by Paulus.

Birmingham
Paulus

Fiona D took this in Staunton on Wye, Herefordshire.

Sunrise
Fiona D
Hare coursing operation

Police say men were interviewed and will be summoned to appear at court on suspicion of wildlife offences.

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Severe accident: A449 Worcestershire both ways

BBC News Travel

A449 Worcestershire both ways severe accident, at Caunsall Road.

A449 Worcestershire - A449 in Caunsall blocked and severe delays at the Caunsall Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Firm's £10m boost to city

One of Worcester's most successful companies has announced a £10m investment in the city and the creation of 100 new jobs.

Gtech - best known for making innovative cordless vacuums - say from 2019 they'll be manufacturing a new product in Worcester, instead of China.

But the company's owner isn't saying much about what the new product will be.

GTech
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All I can tell you is it is a new vaccum cleaner, we see this as a huge step forward in convenience and performance for vaccum cleaning, it is a product I've really got my fingers crossed on, I think it is going to be a good one."

Nick GreyGtech Owner

Surgeon convicted of fraud to be sentenced

A surgeon convicted of fraud after lying about the number of operations he had carried out to get a lucrative job, is to be sentenced today.

Sudip Sarker
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Sudip Sarker told interviewers in 2011 he had conducted 85 keyhole procedures, 51 of them solo - the true figure was just six.

He was appointed to a £74,000 job at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, but immediately struggled.

A jury at Worcester Crown Court took less than two hours to find him guilty of fraud by false representation.

Ice Maiden team returns from Antarctica

Six female soldiers, four of them from the Midlands, have returned to the UK after becoming the largest all-female group to ski coast-to-coast across Antarctica.

Ice Maiden team
The British Army

A celebration is being held at Sandhurst to celebrate the team completing the 1,000-mile expedition.

'Ice Maiden' team celebrates Antarctica ski record

Weather: Risk of snow as temperatures plummet

Commuters are being warned of possible disruption, with freezing conditions and snow showers in some parts of the Midlands.

A yellow weather warning has been issued for snow and ice Between 20:00 tonight and 15:00 tomorrow.

Weather map
Met Office

Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

It’ll be cold today with the chance of showers and some snow.

There’ll also be some sunny spells with highs of 4C (39F).

Latest weather for the West Midlands

Severe disruption: M50 Herefordshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M50 Herefordshire westbound severe disruption, between J3 for B4221 and J4 for A449.

M50 Herefordshire - One lane closed on M50 westbound between J3, B4221 (Newent) and J4, A449 (Ross-On-Wye), because of an overturned vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J4A for M42 and J5 for A38 Droitwich.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J4a M42 and J5, A38 (Droitwich), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, between J7 for A44 Worcester and J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound between J7, A44 (Worcester) and J8 M50, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe accident, at J8 for M50.

M5 Worcestershire - Queuing traffic, the main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and long delays on M5 southbound at J8 M50, because of an accident and barrier damage.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Worcestershire southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Worcestershire southbound severe disruption, between J5 for A38 Droitwich and J6 for A449.

M5 Worcestershire - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J5, A38 (Droitwich) and J6, A449 (Worcester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Tobacco and thousands of cigarettes seized

More than 21,000 cigarettes and 8.7kg of hand-rolled tobacco has been seized by Revenue and Customs officials in Herefordshire.

Officers said they visited three shops in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye on Tuesday and found some of the cigarettes hidden in a secret compartment.

West Mercia Police
BBC

They said more than £8,000 of duty and VAT would have been evaded if the cigarettes and tobacco were sold illegally.

Worcester sticks out neck with arty giraffes

The Leader of Worcester City Council says he hopes a giraffe-themed art trail will encourage more people to visit the city this summer.

About 30 giraffe sculptures are set to be scattered around Worcester between 9 July and 16 September.

Worcester
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Different artists will decorate the pieces which will be auctioned for St Richard's Hospice.

Similar trails have been done in other cities around the UK, with Wolves in Wolverhampton and Owls in Birmingham.

Weather for the weekend...

Rebecca Wood

BBC Midlands Today

After a mainly dry, sunny day, this weekend's looking a bit mixed, find out when you'll need a brolly here.

You can stay up-to-date over the next two days at any time by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Rebecca Wood
Sudip Sarker

Sudip Sarker told the court he had made a "guesstimate" about the number of operations he had carried out.

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Labour has 'serious concerns' over Melrose-GKN takeover

BBC Business News

Serious concerns are being raised by Labour over a formal takeover offer from an industrial turnaround company for engineering firm GKN.

Engineer working at GKN
GKN

GKN has bases in Birmingham, Telford, Redditch and Leek and, last month, rejected a £7bn takeover bid and a £7.4bn hostile takeover bid, both from Melrose Industries.

Yesterday, Melrose explained the reasons behind its offer, saying it would "simplify and declutter" GKN with the targeted firm dismissing their offer as "derisory".

We do not want takeovers which risk weakening our industrial base and strategy, losing a skilled workforce, and diminishing our national defence capabilities."

Rebecca Long-BaileyLabour's shadow business secretary

Plans for hundreds of homes win funding

A project to build around 300 new homes in Kidderminster has recieved £2.7m from the government.

The Churchfields Urban Village Highway Scheme aims to build the houses and improve some of the roads in the area.

House building
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Wyre Forest District Council took on the project in 2011 with work due to start next year.

In the papers: Nightclub boss denies sex attack claim

Worcester News

These are among the headlines from the Worcester News:

Attempts to find War of the Roses battlefield

Efforts to try to pinpoint the site of a War of the Roses battlefield are being made.

The battle of Mortimer's Cross is thought to have taken place near Luctonians sports ground at Kingsland, Herefordshire, but nobody knows exactly where.

Luctonians
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It was fought on this day 547 years ago between Edward, Duke of York and Jasper and Owen Tudor.

The Battlefields Trust has been given £80,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out the work.

Campaign to restore grave of police hero

Vicky Breakwell

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A hero police officer who died in Malvern in the 1920s is to have his grave restored.

The current headstone to PC Howard Overton
BBC

PC Howard Overton was killed in Malvern saving a child who had run into the road in 1928.

He pushed the boy to safety but was killed when he was hit by two cars.

Sgt Alex Denny, of West Mercia Police, is part of group raising money to restore Pc Overton's grave which is currently overgrown and part-covered with dirt.

We're working towards 14 April which is going to be the mayor's civic ceremony. It's going to be held in Malvern and that's going to be dedicated to the emergency services and public service. What I'm really keen to do is have the grave completely restored.

Sgt Alex DennyWest Mercia Police

Worcester player set for England debut

BBC Sport

Worcester Valkyries hooker Lark Davies is expected to make her first start for England in the Six Nations on Sunday.

The 22-year-old is one of four new faces in the squad for the tournament.

Lark Davies
JMPUK

She has made a number of appearance for the under-20s side and has been named on the replacements bench for the senior teams, but has been waiting to make her full debut.

Winger hopes nerves won't affect Six Nations debut

BBC Midlands Today

Worcester Warriors winger Josh Adams says he's hoping nerves won't affect his game as he makes his Wales debut against Scotland this weekend.

Josh Adams
Huw Evans Agency

It's their first match in the 2018 Six Nations and will be in Cardiff tomorrow.

The 22-year-old is the top try-scorer in the Premiership this season.

It's going to be a big thing, isn't it, first time at the stadium, potentially sell-out and trying to just take the occasion in if you like but it's like any other rugby game I'm hoping. Once the first kick-off goes, it's just into it then, just trying to focus on your job."

Josh AdamsWorcester Warriors winger

Torso murder mystery: DNA test called for

BBC News England

A woman who believes she is a relative of a victim of a gruesome murder has called for a DNA test in a bid to end speculation about the victim's identity.

A headless torso was found in the River Severn near Gloucester in 1938.

Headless torso mystery still unsolved after 80 years.

The victim has never been officially identified because the head and hands were never found, but it is widely believed to be Capt William Butt.

Karen Drinkwater, from Strensham, wants a bone which has been held in a police archive to be tested to prove it was him.

Gloucestershire Police said it was "very unlikely" any new information would come to light, however any "new and compelling evidence" could change that.

Here's how the weather is looking

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The cold weather's continued this morning but it has started dry for most of us - here's how the rest of today is looking.

You can also get a forecast for your part of the West Midlands by heading to the BBC Weather website.

Charlie Slater