A PEDMORE dentist is filling a cavity in his trophy cabinet with a top award for being the best young practitioner in the midlands.

Anoup Nandra, aged 31, who is a partner at a practice in Edgbaston, collected his gong at a prestigious ceremony in Leicester where the UK's top professionals gathered to celebrate the best in their business.

Dr Nandra, from Quarry Park Road, grew up in Stourbridge and graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2002.

He returned to the midlands in 2006 after working in London following his graduation.

Dr Nandra said: "I was extremely honoured to receive the award. To have been shortlisted was an achievement in itself, so to go on and win was phenomenal.

"The award has been one of the highlights of my professional career and is due to the skills and support of the wonderful team and family that I have around me."