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What to do if your child's Halloween costume catches fire

ITV News Anglia's Jonathan Wills speaks to our correspondent Matt Price

ITV News has been investigating just how flammable a number of high street Halloween costumes are.

If your child's halloween costume does catch fire, you're advised to use the "stop, drop and roll" technique as follows:

  • Stop where you are. Running about can make things worse.
  • Drop to the ground. Lay flat with your legs out straight and cover your eyes with and mouth with your hands.
  • Roll over and over back and forth until the flames are out.

Once the flames are out, it's important to any put burns under cold water for 15-20 minutes. That could get rid of any scarring - or at least help any scarring that might be there.

Urgent medical attention should be sought if the burn is about the size of a hand or a teaplate.

Smaller burns can be treated at home or at a pharmacist.


Concern as '1 in 10' women smoke during pregnancy

One in ten women smoke during pregnancy Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councillors in Hertfordshire are pushing for a change in attitudes from mums-to-be, as it's revealed one in ten women smoke during pregnancy.

They're running a service to help them give up the habit.

Pregnant women are being warned that smoking can lead to health problems and premature or even still births.


Millions at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

ITV News Anglia's Becky Jago speaks to Pav Kalsi of Diabetes UK

Millions of people across the country are risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Treating the disease costs the NHS £10 billion a year - but there is another cost - the impact it has on people's lives.

Complications lead to 20 people a day having limbs amputated. Each month it contributes to nearly 2,000 early deaths.

People with diabetes in the East of England.

Doctors have now proven that diet not only controls the condition, it can even cure it in some people - although changes in diet are only advisable once patients have sought medical advice.

"Feeling very thirsty or very tired or if you've lost some weight are some of the common symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.

"If you have any of those symptoms then you should always to your doctor to get a blood test."

– Pav Kalsi, Clincial Advisor, Diabetes UK

Long-serving Euro MP Richard Howitt prepares for last day

Richard Howitt is leaving his job today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Long-serving East of England Euro MP Richard Howitt is leaving his job today.

Labour MEP Howitt has been a part of the European Parliament for the past 22 years, but will now take on a new job as the Chief Executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

"Although I'm going onto a good and exciting job to build on what I've done, I will be leaving feeling very, very sad and emotional about the years that have passed," Howitt said.

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