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How would workplace weigh-loss schemes work?

Today's five-year plan for the future of the NHS in England calls for employers to encourage workers to lose weight through incentive schemes.

  • Schemes would be voluntary for employees
  • Workers could get shopping vouchers, cash or other prizes for the pounds they shed
  • NHS England would "challenge" employers to offer schemes, rather than funding them itself
  • NHS England would run its own staff weight-loss scheme to "set a national example"

Police: Roberts release a 'slap in face' to victims' families

The decision to release Harry Roberts is a "slap in the face" for the families of his victims, the head of the police federation said.

In a statement to ITV News, Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said he was "appalled" by the Parole Board's ruling, adding that officers felt "badly let down".

I am appalled to learn that police killer, Harry Roberts, is being released from prison.

Let’s not forget, this menace murdered three unarmed police officers in cold blood and it is abhorrent news.

This decision by the parole board is a slap in the face for the families of the three police officers he brutally murdered who, once again, are forced to re-live their pain and loss.

It will spark fury among everyone in the police family who will feel badly let down.

– Steve White


Report calls for cash prizes for employees who lose weight

Employees in England could be rewarded with cash or shopping vouchers for losing weight under NHS-backed plans to tackle the obesity crisis.

Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said workplace health schemes had become a "blind spot" in the healthcare system:

The principal point is that employers in many countries have developed voluntary schemes for their employees whereby for example you actually get cash back based on participation in Weight Watchers or other type schemes.

– Simon Stevens, chief executive, NHS England

Roberts opened fire on unarmed officers in 'heinous crime'

Harry Roberts opened fire on three unarmed police officers after they pulled over his van ahead of an armed robbery near Wormwood Scrubs Prison in 1966.

The three London police officers shot and killed: PC Geoffrey Roger Fox, Detective Constable David Stanley Bertram Wombwell and Detective Sargent Christopher Tippet Head. Credit: PA Wire

The murders of PC Geoffrey Roger Fox, 41, Detective Constable David Stanley Bertram Wombwell, 30, and Detective Sargent Christopher Tippet Head, 25 shocked the nation.

The judge who jailed Roberts described it was "the most heinous crime for a generation or more".

Roberts, 78, was warned then that he may spend the rest of life behind bars, but he now could be released within days after approval by the Parole Board.


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