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Survey: Most East Midlands parents pestered by kids to buy junk food

Survey: More than half of parents in the East Midlands are pestered by their children to buy junk food advertised on TV Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A new survey says that more than half of East Midlands parents with children under 16 say they have been pestered by their children to buy junk food advertised on TV.

The study by the British Heart Foundation polled 2,000 parents in the region and found that 37% reported being badgered by their children at least once a week.

Three in ten parents told researchers that junk food adverts make it difficult to encourage their children to eat healthily.

The study was carried out ahead of Heart Month this February.

Now, the BHF is campaigning for the government to ban junk food advertising on TV before the 9pm watershed.

Three in ten parents told researchers that junk food adverts make it difficult to encourage their children to eat healthily Credit: Paul Seheult/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

"Regulations for TV and online advertising in the UK are weak. Loopholes in the system mean that every day millions of children are exposed to sophisticated marketing techniques specifically designed to lure them into unhealthy eating habits.

“This evidence shows that junk food ads are having a detrimental impact on children’s behaviour and are hindering parents’ efforts to get their children to eat healthily."

– Mike Hobday, Director of Policy at the British Heart Foundation

Two more Nottinghamshire Police front counters close today

Nottinghamshire Police Credit: PA

Two more front counters will be closing at police stations in Nottinghamshire today.

The force has already shut down its front offices at Bulwell and Clifton, and today, the services will close at Broxtowe and Ollerton.

The closures are part of a cost-cutting initiative announced by Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping last year.

"Nottinghamshire Police is committed to providing the best service possible to the public and this means putting the right resources in the right place at the right time.

"As such the Force reviewed its police station front counters and the decision has been made to withdraw some of the services at our quieter stations."

– Nottinghamshire Police

Front offices will also be closed at Hucknall, St Ann's and Oxclose Lane over the coming weeks.


Bailiffs call off eviction after 300 turn out to help cancer patient stay in his home

Tom Crawford has lived in his Nottingham home for 25 years. He is embroiled in a lengthy battle over his mortgage. Credit: FacebookPage/Evictionthefraudofthebank

Bailiffs have called off the eviction of a man with cancer after 300 strangers came out to help keep him in his home.

"The eviction today has been called off on the advice of the police due to safety concerns. We will now discuss this matter with our legal advisors and the Court to determine the most appropriate next step."

– UKAR, who manage mortgage lenders of Bradford & Bingley

Nottingham MPs hold hospital meeting over patient care

The three MPs will meet Peter Homa at Nottingham's City Hospital Credit: Emma Coles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nottingham's three MPs have arranged a summit to discuss how the national A&E 'crisis' is affecting the city.

On January 6th, the NHS Trust which runs the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital, declared an 'internal incident' because of the sheer number of people staff needed to see and treat. As a result of the high volume of patients, the Trust had to cancel operations and clinics.

Today, Lilian Greenwood MP, Chris Leslie MP and Graham Allen MP will meet the Trust's Chief Executive to discuss the challenges that Nottingham's hospitals face.

"We are deeply concerned that the NHS in Nottingham should act swiftly with the full support of everyone in the City to meet any threats to patient care.

"We have arranged to meet with Peter Homa, the Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust to discuss how we bring all the local issues out into the open."

– Nottingham's three MPs

Student stranded on Turkish mountain back in UK

David Mackie spent eight days eating insects while stranded on a mountain Credit: Facebook

A student from Nottingham who survived eight nights stranded on a mountain in Turkey is due back in the UK today.

David Mackie, 21, survived the ordeal by sheltering in a cave and eating insects. He was found with his two Dutch friends on Monday and airlifted to hospital.

They got lost during what was supposed to be a one-day hiking trip in Antalya on 11 January.


Hucknall off-licence robbed at knifepoint

The robbery happened at Booze Busters on Nabbs Lane Credit: Google Maps

A robber brandishing a knife has made off with cash and cigarettes from an off licence in Hucknall.

The armed robbery happened at Booze Busters in Nabbs Lane at 9pm on Monday. The man threatened a member of staff, who was left very shaken by the ordeal.

Police want to find witnesses to the incident. The robber is described as around 5ft 10ins tall and of thin build - he spoke with a local accent.

Investigation into sudden death of 4-year-old today

Police are investigating the sudden death of a four-year-old boy Credit: PA

Police are investigating the sudden death of a four-year-old boy at a house in Nottingham this morning.

Officers arrived at Ventnor Rise at 8:30am and rushed the child to hospital, but he was pronounced dead soon afterwards.

“Police are working to establish the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a four-year old boy after officers were called to an address in Sherwood this morning.

“Officers are now working alongside partners to establish the circumstances surrounding his death.”

– Nottinghamshire Police spokesman

Initiative to encourage takeaways to sell healthier food

The HOT scheme aims to encourage takeaways to sell healthier food Credit: PA

A scheme to encourage takeaway food outlets to sell healthier food is being launched in Nottinghamshire today.

The Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT) scheme will accredit takeaways in the county that take positive steps in how they prepare, cook and promote their food.

Qualifying outlets will be able to display HOT branding in their premises to let customers know they are offering healthier options.

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