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Charity and bakery lead charge to tackle £13billion 'food waste mountain'

An incredible £13 billion of edible food is being thrown away every year.

That's the staggering claim experts made after it was revealed our efforts to tackle food waste have stalled.

But a number of projects in Brighton are hoping to buck that trend. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Beth Parry of Fare Share, and Kitty Newbury from the Angel Food Bakery.

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Potato producers work overtime to meet Christmas demand

Food production is in overdrive at Christmas. And no Christmas dinner is complete without the roast potatoes!

One producer has been packaging 800,000 bags of them in the lead-up to Christmas Day.

As for "afters", a hand made chocolate business, which started up 10 years ago, now supplies shops all over the country and is having its busiest ever year. Jane Solomons reports.

1,000 member social club bust days before Christmas

A social club in Hampshire has been serving the local community for more than sixty years, but today its doors are locked.

Despite having more than a thousand members, the Waterside Sports Club near Fawley ran up debts of more than 160 thousand pounds, and has now gone bust.

The closure has left a charity pantomime without a venue, a football club without any facilities and an important social space empty - just days before Christmas. Richard Slee reports.

The interviewees are: Debbie Dixon, a former employee; Mike Vaughan a former board member; and Katie Thompson from the Waterside Theatre Company.

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Mum fears son could miss kidney op because of strike

Jakob undergoes dialysis treatment every day

The financial and personal costs of the Southern Rail dispute became clearer today, with estimates that each walkout costing the economy around 11 million pounds.

Today, there was another strike - by rail conductors - following three days of action last week - involving drivers.

There are plans for a 3-day walkout from New Year's Eve, and there's due to be a six-day long strike from the 9th of January 2017.

The family of 13-year-old Jakob Goodison who has kidney failure and needs specialist treatment in London are terrified he could miss out on a kidney transplant if an organ becomes available. His parents do not drive, so they have been spending hundreds of pounds on taxis to get to hospital on strike days. They are worried they would not be able to get to the hospital in time fpr an operation to take place. Malcolm Shaw reports.

The interviewees are Jeni Goodison, Jakob's mother; Jakob himself; and Aidan Skinner, a rail commuter.

Christmas shopping habits under the microscope

Are shopping habits over the festive season changing? Credit: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

A survey carried out this month for the Drama television channel has found that around 76% of people under 40 admit to being unprepared for Christmas Day - and have to do some last minute shopping.

However 64% of the over 60s say they have already wrapped all their Christmas shopping. Three quarters of the age group say they start their Christmas shopping before December and even buy their Christmas gifts in the January sales - 11 months early.

The survey involved 3,000 people. ITV asked some shoppers about their Christmas shopping habits, and whether they would be shopping in person or online.

Christmas card rush - Behind the scenes at Royal Mail in Reading!

The 15th of December is the busiest day of the year for our posties. Hundreds of thousands of cards, letters and parcels are collected sorted and delivered as our love affair with Christmas cards continues.

At this time of year extra staff have been drafted in by the Royal Mail to cope with the bumper post bags. Our reporter Penny Silvester got up very early this morning to join staff at Reading's sorting office in Berkshire - to give us an insight into the operation there.

The interviewees are: Matthew Taylor, a postman; Clare Brown, a postwoman; and Graeme Tyers, a Royal Mail manager.

First Christmas at home for heart transplant toddler

The parents of a Basingstoke toddler are getting ready for a Christmas they thought they would never have with their son.

Three year old Elliott Livingstone received a life-saving heart transplant this year.

His parents are urging more people to become organ donors.

Penny Silvester went to visit the family.

Penny spoke to Elliott Livingstone and his parents Candace and Adrian along with Anthony Clarkson from NHS Blood and Transplant.

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