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Child hunger having dramatic effect at London schools

A new report released today reveals that child hunger and poverty in London are dramatically affecting children's ability to learn.

More than 80 percent of teachers in London say that children are eating the wrong foods in the morning, and most say they can tell just by watching their behaviour at school.

The report, by charity Magic Breakfast, is part of the 'Feed Their Future' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger on education.

The charity's report found that an alarming number of children are not having a healthy breakfast Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It also found:

  • Over a quarter of London teachers do not believe parents can identify what a nutritious breakfast is
  • Nearly 60% of children also do not know what a nutritious breakfast is
  • 23% of parents living in the city say that food is getting so expensive they have had to cut down on breakfasts
  • Up to 60% of parents let their children eat anything in the morning, just so they eat something

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Sharp rise in phone scams in Essex: police ask public to warn the vulnerable

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Police in Essex are warning of a sudden rise in phone calls, where fraudsters pose as police officers and bank officials to obtain people's bank details.

They're asking people to remind vulnerable relatives and friends in Grays, South Ockendon and Brentwood never to give out personal details over the phone.

They say the bank and the police would never ask people for their bank details or PIN number over the phone, would never ask people to withdraw money or to post their bank cards.

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Essex firefighters start three days of strikes

Firefighters and 999 operators in Essex are starting three days of strike action today over cuts to frontline staff.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out in protest at plans to cut up to 200 jobs. The service says back up plans will be in place but is warning people to take extra care.

Alex Chinn-Shaw is from the Fire Brigades Union.

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