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Nearly 300 pledge to tackle obesity 'ticking time bomb'

Nearly 300 pledges to tackle obesity have been made by individuals and organisations following a major conference in Wolverhampton aimed at tackling a “ticking time bomb” facing the city.

Nearly 300 pledges to tackle obesity have been made by individuals and organisations Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Obesity Summit, held at Wolverhampton Racecourse earlier this month, saw around 300 health professionals, businesses and community organisations come together to join the fight against obesity in Wolverhampton.

It comes as more than two thirds of adults in the city are either obese or overweight with an increasing number of young people following suit.

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Royal couple visit schools and businesses in Birmingham

Birmingham City University's school of jewellery. Credit: ITV News Central

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are at the Birmingham City University's school of jewellery.

The Royal couple are visiting a number of schools, businesses and charities across Birmingham and Wolverhampton today.

The Royal couple are visiting a number of schools and businesses. Credit: ITV News Central
The Duchess of Cornwall Credit: ITV News Central

Jury sworn in for trial of three accused of acid attack

The jury has been sworn in for the trial of three men accused of an acid attack on a teenager which left her horribly burned.

Shannon Heaps, 22, Steven Holmes, 25, and 80-year-old Mohammed Rafiq are all accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, and are standing trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Rafiq is also accused of perverting the course of justice after allegedly giving witness statements to police which he knew included false information.

19-year-old Vikki Horsman was left with burns to her face and insides after she was doused with sulphuric acid at a house in Tividale in the Black Country, in April this year.

The defendants deny all the charges.

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Midlands road deaths figures revealed

More than 300 people were killed on roads in the Midlands last year, according to new figures from the road safety charity Brake.

The figures have been released as part of a new campaign by the charity Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The statistics have been released to try and encourage road users to look out for each other more.

The new campaign is being backed by Avril Childs, whose daughter Sarah was killed by a speeding driver.

Brake are also trying to how vulnerable pedestrians or cyclists are.

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