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Smog to hit London

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High levels of air pollution are to hit central London today.

The warm weather is pulling hot air in from France, bringing dense smog with it.

Older people and those with asthma or lung problems are being urged to take extra care.

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Crane operator lowered to safety after suspected stroke

A crane operator was lowered to safety today after suffering a suspected stroke. Emergency crews were called to a building site in Putney where they used a special stretcher to rescue the patient.

We were called at 8.42am to Woodlands Way, Putney to reports of someone feeling unwell.

We sent a number of resources to the scene including an ambulance crew, duty manager and our hazardous area response team.

We treated a man reported to be in his 30s for a possible stroke and took him to St Georges hospital as a priority.

– London Ambulance Service

Air pollution control

Teams of air quality wardens will be out in force today busting the myths around engine idling to crack down on air pollution sweeping across London. It comes as Westminster Council announces their parking wardens will fine motorists who are idling £20 if they don't switch off their engines from May 1st. The City of London Corporation says air pollution contributes to the premature deaths of 4,000 Londoners each year.

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Parents underestimate children's weight

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Research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL Institute of Child Health suggests that many parents with obese children may not recognise that their child is overweight, unless they are at very extreme levels of obesity.

The study claims parents were more likely to underestimate their child's weight if the child was male or if they were black or south Asian, or from more deprived backgrounds.

The researchers explained that parents' underestimations may be caused by a fear of being judged or an unwillingness to label a child as overweight.

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