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Thursday, 10 January, 2002, 18:30 GMT
Tests awaited after teenager's death
The body of a 17-year-old boy, thought to have died after sniffing lighter fuel, was found in his bedroom by his brother.

On Thursday, a post-mortem examination was being carried out on Shaun Lenister's body, after the incident in Hampshire.

Police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests before formally declaring a cause of death, although a gas canister was found close to Shaun's body.

He was discovered at 0645 GMT on Wednesday, at his house in Earnley Road, Hayling Island.


Argos illegally sold knives to girl

Catalogue store Argos says it has acted to prevent a repeat of an incident in which a set of knives was illegally sold to a 12-year-old girl.

The company was caught out during a routine testing exercise by Trading Standards in London, when the girl bought the knives unchallenged at the store in Wembley.

Brent Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday how at no point did staff ask questions to check the girl's age.

Argos Ltd pleaded guilty to an offence of supplying knives to a person under the age of 16, contrary to the Criminal Justice Act. It was fined 1,000 and ordered to pay 486 costs.


BUPA guilty of polluting stream

A BUPA elderly care home has been found guilty of polluting a stream with sewage from its premises.

The Environment Agency brought the prosecution against the home in Surrey, on Thursday.

Guildford Magistrates' heard the sewage had put wildlife at risk by reducing oxygen levels in the stream, which runs past the home in Dene Place, Ripley Lane, West Horsley.

BUPA Nursing Homes Ltd admitted polluting the stream and was given a 12-month conditional discharge. The company was also ordered to pay 867 in court costs.


Charges over embryo 'irregularities'

A medical consultant has been charged with irregularities in the storage of human embryos at a hospital and clinic.

The 46-year-old from Tadley, near Basingstoke, Hampshire, faces six charges of keeping a human embryo without a licence under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology act.

An embryologist Paul Fielding, 43, from Whitchurch, Hampshire, who also works with the consultant, faces several charges including four of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to four women.

The pair will appear before Southampton magistrates on 24 January.


Woman stabbed at hospital

A woman is recovering after being stabbed at a hospital in Oxfordshire.

Police were called to the Warneford Hospital in Headington, Oxford, after the attack on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old was later taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in the city where she was treated for abdominal stab wounds.

A 61-year-old was later arrested in connection with the attack.


Centre to tackle homophobic violence

The problem of homophobic violence is now being tackled with the launch of a new centre.

The first fortnightly clinic in Brighton on Thursday will allow victims to report crimes at Scene 22 on St James Street rather than in a police station.

Many people targeted by hate crime are reluctant to report incidents.

The idea of having neutral ground to talk to members of the city's anti-victimisation initiative is expected to encourage more people to come forward.

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