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Half of capital worried about a local child

Nearly half (43%) of adults in the capital are very or quite worried about the welfare of a child in their neighbourhood.

A survey by Action for Children also found the same number of people didn't tell anyone fearing they would cause trouble for the people involved, or themselves, if they were mistaken.

While almost two thirds said members of the public should become involved when they have concerns about a neglected child, more than half said they needed more information about sources of assistance and advice about their worries.

Thousands take part in London to Brighton bike ride

The start of the ride on Clapham Common Credit: ITV London

Thousands of cyclists have crossed the start line for the 40th anniversary London to Brighton bike ride in support of the British Heart Foundation.

More than 28,000 people are thought to be taking part in the 54-mile cycle ride, which is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Today's ride began on Clapham Common and will take participants from city roads on to narrow country lanes. Hills along the route include Ditchling Beacon at mile 46. The summit gives participants 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside before they descend to finish by the sea.

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Modified herpes virus key to new cancer treatment

Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive

Scientists in London have overseen an international trial of a new treatment that could be available as a game-changing new treatment for skin cancer within 12 months.

It uses a genetically-modified cold sore virus, which has been developed to make it harmless for patients but deadly to cancer cells. The virus multiplies inside the cancer cells, until it destroys them by exploding out of them.

Results from a Phase III trial involving patients with aggressive, inoperable forms of the disease showed the therapy can eradicate tumours and halt their growth.

The trial was led by Professor Kevin Harrington at the Institute of Cancer Research.

Rat droppings in fake beauty goods

Police are warning people about using counterfeit beauty products after substances such as rat droppings, human urine and arsenic were found in seized goods.

Make-up, perfume and sun cream are among the phony items being highlighted by the City of London Police.

If you have been affected by the sale of fake cosmetics please get in touch using the email address contactus@itvlondon.com.

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