A new tattoo studio is opening its doors in Coventry later this month with an unusual offer for ink lovers - tattoos ‘on tick’.

Manhattan Ink will be located in a disused bank in Hertford Street and is offering would-be customers finance packages for their tattoo requirements.

Not only that but customers are also being offered finance deals that can involve paying no interest whatsoever.

The finance offer is an unusual one in the tattoo industry, as Manhattan Ink founder and owner Jamey Bowles explained.

He said: “We also offer some unique USPs, not only are we one of only two studios in the UK to offer finance on tattoos we’re the only shop that can offer up to 12 months at zero per cent interest.”

Manhattan Ink is a fast-growing tattoo business.

It already has three outlets - in Winslow, Rushden and Brackley - and the company’s Coventry operation will be its fourth.

And its ambitions don’t stop at Coventry, with plans to open a further three studios this year alone.

Manhattan Ink will also be featured in a new ITV1 documentary being aired in February starring Karren Brady about the business start-up world.

Jamey said: “We’re the fresh and modern approach to tattoo and piercing.

“This will be our fourth store since we opened our first in 2016.

“We have aims to build another three this year making us the fastest growing tattoo and piercing chain in the UK.

“We also boast modern features and a new take on the industry hoping to remove any negative stigmas from a rapidly expanding market.

“We have been pretty busy since we started our venture including the soon to be screened documentary.”

At nine months old this little boy has spent his whole life in hospital wards.

But, despite now being medically fit, he could still be waiting a while to come home.

Joshua Kent had to be resuscitated for nine minutes before being taken to intensive care when he was born a month early by emergency c-section last year.

After an overwhelming journey, which saw their newborn transferred between hospitals in Coventry and Birmingham three times, his parents now have to install specialist equipment in their house and wait for the council to approve a care package before he can be brought home.

They have been told it could take months.

He has been diagnosed with a lung condition called bronchomalacia, which means he will need long-term ventilation support.

A JustGiving page set up by their friend has already managed to raise more than £1,000 for the new parents in the hope that it will speed up the process.

Cerys Aubrey-Kent, 32, and her partner Tom are now desperate to take their baby boy back to their home in Stoke.

“It’s been nine months in total, it’s a very long time,” she said. “It’s been difficult. Hospital life isn’t very fun and you have good days and bad days.

“He is now medically fit to come home but we need things like a specialist pushchair and equipment for the house in place before he can leave.

“Once he’s home he’ll have nurses with him three or four nights a week and he’ll need to be monitored 24-7.

“The thought of being able to take him home after all this time is scary and exciting. But more exciting than scary, we can’t wait. We’ve waited a very long time for it.”

Joshua spent the first seven weeks of his life in intensive care at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire before being transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for three months.

Whilst there he suffered a stroke, which left him partially-sighted, and had a catheter in his heart.

After another month at Coventry, he ended up in Birmingham Children’s Hospital a second time when his reliance on oxygen began creeping up, where he has been ever since.

The couple have been living at the charity-funded Ronald MacDonald House in Birmingham, which allows parents to stay as close to their babies as possible during their hospital stay.

First-time mum Cerys, who previously suffered two miscarriages before Joshua came along, said she is very grateful for the generous donations the family has received so far.

“The support has been amazing. It’s breathtaking that many people are behind us and wanting him to come home as much as we do. It has been emotional for us,” she added.

At the time of writing the JustGiving page had received £1,455 of its £5,000 target.

The money will be used to buy a special pushchair that can hold a ventilator, oxygen and suction machine as well as a second cot for the nursery so nurses can stay overnight

It all started on Coventry Market - now Premier Health Products has won a Royal award for outstanding achievement.

The family business began in 1989, when Fakry and Pauline Petros began selling vitamins and supplements direct to customers as well as local health stores.

Now based in Wolfe Road, the business grew over the years and in 2001 saw the couple’s son, Simon, officially join the team.

Over the past six years, and with advice from from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, the company has expanded its trading beyond the UK, exporting goods to mainland Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.

Now Premier Health Products has been granted The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017.

Exporting became a major part of the company’s function after Simon’s brother Adam joined in 2007. The pair took the reins a few years later following their father’s retirement.

A young man died in hospital after being hit twice by a car and then attacked as he lay in the road, a jury has heard.

Robert Keavey and Phillip Picken are accused of murdering Greg Kelly in Atherstone, who the prosecution say was also attacked with an axe or hammer in March last year.

Mr Kelly, 26, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, including a fractured skull, and died a few days later in hospital.

Keavey, 38, of Princess Road, Atherstone, and Picken, 56, of Manor Road, Mancetter, have both pleaded not guilty to murder.

With them in the dock is Andrew Gay, 40, of Manor Road, Atherstone, who has pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice by allegedly helping to dispose of evidence.

What did the prosecution say?
Opening the case, prosecutor Kevin Hegarty QC told a jury at Warwick Crown Court that on the night of March 25 last year Mr Kelly turned up at the home of Mr Picken.

He said an argument broke out between “Mr Kelly on one hand and Mr Picken and others on the other hand”, before Mr Kelly then walked off down the street.

“Near to where he was walking was Mr Keavey sitting in an Audi car, with the engine revving to such an extent that it drew the attention of neighbours who looked from their windows,” said Mr Hegarty.

“Mr Keavey then drove from one side of Manor Road to the other side, and ran over Mr Kelly, who was knocked to the ground.

“The evidence of the revving of the vehicle and then driving from one side of the road to the other and then striking him is not consistent in any shape or form with an accident.

“If you deliberately run someone down, you at the very least intend them really serious harm.”

The prosecutor said that when Mr Kelly was first struck the car was travelling at “very close to 30mph” and Keavey had “accelerated very hard and his tyres were heard screeching”.

The jury heard that Mr Kelly got up and stumbled a short distance, whereupon Mr Keavey allegedly hit him with the car for a second time, carrying him along on the bonnet for a short distance before he fell off.

“We say to run someone down a second time plainly means Mr Keavey intended really serious harm to Mr Kelly, or intended to kill him,” said Mr Hegarty, who added that Mr Picken and another man then “came from the house, Mr Picken armed with some sort of weapon, described as an axe or a long lump hammer”.

Mr Hegarty said that CCTV showed Keavey returning in the Audi at that point, as Picken was by the head of the motionless Mr Kelly, having picked something up from the ground.

“He was not helping Mr Kelly,” commented Mr Hegarty. “A neighbour came out of her house and saw Mr Kelly being struck to the head.

“If you are going to attack someone on the ground who is already disabled after being struck by a car, you can’t, in any shape or form, be said to be acting in self-defence.

“To attack them in that way leads to only one conclusion – that Mr Picken intended to cause at least really serious harm to Mr Kelly, or to kill him, because he was cross with Mr Kelly.”

Mr Hegarty said the only conclusion was that Keavey and Picken had been acting together - because the alternative was that they had acted independently, and that it was “mere coincidence” they happened to attack him around the same time.

Mr Kelly’s injuries
Mr Hegarty said that Mr Kelly had “a massive depressed skull fracture, where his skull has been pressed in with a circular-shaped fracture, and a fracture running down the right side of his skull to his jaw”.

An ambulance arrived and Mr Kelly was taken to hospital, where he died a few days later.

Mr Hegarty said the background was that Mr Kelly had been given £1,000 in cash by a work colleague on the Friday and had been out drinking.

“He must have had quite a heavy night, because on the Saturday he was seen in Manor Road and, curiously, he was sleeping on the roof of a car parked outside [the house].”

At some stage Mr Kelly then went into Picken’s home, where he fell asleep and the rest of the money he had earned “left his pocket” – either by falling out or someone taking it.

When he woke, he was furious and was accusing everyone in the house of having stolen the cash.

Picken and Keavey, who was also in the house, took Mr Kelly back to his own home in Daffern Avenue, New Arley, to see if he had left the money there, but it was not found.

It was later that Mr Kelly drove his Renault Clio to the Co-op store in Gun Hill and then back to Manor Road to try to get to the bottom of what had happened to his money, leading to a row on the doorstep of Picken’s home.

Destroying evidence
Mr Hegarty told the jury that within half an hour of the Audi having run Mr Kelly down, it had been set on fire, “we say by Mr Keavey and Mr Gay”.

He said that Gay, “no doubt talking about the Audi”, had been heard on his phone telling someone: “Don’t worry, it will be burnt out tomorrow.”

The jury heard that mobile phone cell-site analysis showed that after the attack on Mr Kelly, Keavey and Gay had moved from the mast that covered Manor Road to one which included Apple Pie Lane near Nuneaton – where the Audi was set on fire.

Mr Hegarty alleged that the following day saw Gay arrive in a car outside Picken’s home, where the axe or hammer used in the attack was put in to the car before Gay then drove off.

The trial, which is expected to last up to six weeks, continues.

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