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HK activists sleep on roads ahead of Chinese National Day

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets this morning, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.

Protesters block the main street to the central financial district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong this morning. Credit: Reuters

Riot police shot pepper spray and tear gas at protesters at the weekend but withdrew on Monday to ease tension as the ranks of demonstrators swelled.

Protesters spent the night sleeping or holding vigil on normally busy roads in the global financial hub.

A defaced cut-out of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is seen as protesters block a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Credit: Reuters

Throughout the night, rumours rippled through crowds of protesters that police were preparing to move in again.

As the sun rose many remained wary, especially on the eve of Wednesday's anniversary of the Communist Party's foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

Early mist lifting before top temperatures of 22C


Early mist and low cloud will slowly lift across central and eastern parts of the UK to leave warm sunny spells by the afternoon.

Meanwhile, cloud and outbreaks of rain will move from Northern Ireland into Central and Western Scotland as well as North West England and West Wales through the rest of today.

Feeling warm in the sunshine as temperatures reach 22 Celsius in London.


Theresa May to launch new measures to tackle extremism

Home Secretary Theresa May will use her speech to the Tory party conference to set out a package of measures to tackle Islamist extremists.

Theresa May will speak at the Conservative Party conference today. Credit: PA

Under the plans, new "banning orders" would allow the authorities to outlaw extremist groups, even if they did not pose a terrorism threat.

Hate preachers could be targeted with "extremism disruption orders (EDOs)", which would allow the courts to restrict the movement and activities of individuals to prevent the risk of violence or public disorder.

The two new orders will be included in the Tory manifesto for the next election, but Mrs May will also set out a new cross-government strategy to tackle extremism.


Lessons of history from the marginal seat of Dudley North

The scale of the task facing the Conservatives at the annual conference has been made clear by an opinion poll for ITV News.

It suggests that in 40 marginal constituencies where Labour and the Tories will go head to head, Ed Miliband's party has an 11% lead.

ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports on the lessons of history in the marginal seat of Dudley North:

Leicester has 'highest number of tots with tooth decay'

Leicester has the highest number of three-year-olds with tooth decay, according to a health report.

Public Health England (PHE) identified four regions where young children were most likely to have rotting teeth:

  • The East Midlands
  • North West
  • London
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • The lowest was South Gloucestershire where just 2% of children suffered from the problem.

One in every eight children 'suffering from tooth decay'

One in every eight tots in England suffers from tooth decay because they are eating too much sugar, health officials have warned.

Children are damaging their teeth with too many sugary foods, PHE warned. Credit: PA

Public Health England (PHE) found 12% of three-year-olds in England were damaging their teeth because their parents were frequently giving them sugary foods and drinks.

There was a stark variation in dental health across the country - a third of three-year-olds had rotting teeth in some parts of England, according to PHE's first national survey of the oral health of young children.

However, in some parts only 2% of children suffered from tooth decay.

Experts examined the teeth of more than 50,000 youngsters at their nursery, children's centre or playgroup during 2012/13

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