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Fresh sighting of bag missing teen was carrying

Police investigating the case of missing teenager Alice Gross say there has been a new sighting of her rucksack, BBC News reports.

The rucksack Alice Gross was carrying Credit: Police handout

There was a fresh appeal for information about the London schoolgirl's whereabouts on Crimewatch last night.

Det Ch Insp Andy Chalmers is quoted as saying: "A couple have come forward to tell us that they saw Alice's bag on the evening of Thursday, 28 August, at about 20:15, on the footpath that runs besides the River Brent between Hanwell Bridge and the Grand Union Canal. They didn't move the bag or look inside it."

"So I'm continuing to ask for anyone else who may have seen Alice's rucksack between this time and when officers found it on 2 September."

A dull start for many with patchy rain in places

There will be dull and misty conditions across many central and eastern parts at first today. These should become confined to eastern areas through the morning, with some patchy rain and drizzle here.

Many southern and western areas will brighten up slowly and will become warm. There is then the risk of some thundery showers in the far south-west this evening.


Insurance fraud 'adds £50 to average household bill'

Motor insurance is so rife it adds £50 to the average household bill, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have said.

Drivers frequently claimed to live in safer area to get the cost of their car insurance down, the ABI said. Credit: PA

Insurers are uncovering nearly 3,500 cases of motorists lying on their applications each week by deliberately leaving out important information.

Last year, 180,675 attempts to pass off fraudulent applications were discovered by insurance companies, the ABI said.

Divided up, that is 3,475 fraudulent insurance applications each week.

Common cases involved people deliberately trying to pull the wool over insurers' eyes by pretending their "no claims bonus" was longer than it really was or trying to cover up past driving convictions.

Some cases involved drivers giving a false name or lying about where they live, such as pretending their car was being kept in a more crime-free area.

Report: Smoking, obesity and early-life education may affect dementia

A new report has made the case for raising awareness about the way lifestyle choices can affect your risk of dementia later in life.

It points out "there is no evidence strong enough at this time to claim that lifestyle changes will prevent dementia on an individual basis". However, evidence suggests the following could result in a lower risk:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Improved detection and treatment of diabetes and hypertension
  • Increased physical activity and reduction in levels of obesity
  • Education in early life


Strong evidence linking healthy lifestyle to low dementia risk

Dr Eric Karran, director of research at charity Alzheimer's Research UK, has welcomed today's report, saying:

Although there is currently no certain way to prevent dementia, this report underlines strong evidence suggesting we can lower our risk by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

A large body of research has linked high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes to an increased risk of dementia, and this analysis serves as another reminder that good heart health is an important route to good brain health.

Studies have also suggested that education in early life may help build a level of 'cognitive reserve', helping the brain to withstand the damage from diseases like Alzheimer's for longer in later life.

– Dr Eric Karran, Alzheimer's Research UK

Health experts call for campaign to highlight how lifestyle affects dementia risk

Health experts are calling for a major campaign to educate people about how their lifestyle choices can affect their chances of developing dementia in old age.

Factors such as smoking and early-life education can affect your risk of developing dementia, the report finds Credit: PA

Factors such as early-life education, blood pressure and smoking can all play a role, according to a report commissioned by Alzheimer's Disease International.

The report argues for a campaign with a central message that "it's never too late" to make lifestyle changes, and that brain health should be factored into other public health campaigns.

Alzheimer's Disease International said that a major survey of 8,500 people from six countries showed that many are not sure how to reduce the risk of developing dementia.

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