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Prince Harry 'not that posh' admits 13-year-old award winner

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Prince Harry presented an ‘Inspirational Child of the Year’ award to a 13-year-old patient of the QA Hospital in Portsmouth for her fundraising work

Hope Farren faces gruelling daily medications to combat severe asthma, angioedema, chest, lung and adrenaline problems.

She was picked from hundreds of nominations from across the UK for her efforts donating boxes of toys, games and video consoles to the paediatrics ward.

Hope was first admitted to hospital at just three months old where she was diagnosed with a range of conditions including severe asthma.

This has meant that Hope, now 13, has since been admitted to hospital more than 90 times.

I said to Prince Harry that he didn’t sound as posh as I thought he would, and he replied that he laughs at people who sound too posh.

It was an honour to meet him but just like talking to a normal man and he was so nice and relaxed.

– Hope Farren

'Sugar tax' part of new campaign to fight obesity

A voluntary 'sugar tax' is being imposed on sugary drinks in Brighton from today, in the battle against record levels of diabetes and childhood obesity.

Brighton and Hove is the first in the UK to take such action - imposing a ten pence levy in restaurants, cafes and shops.

A can of coke can contain just over ten sugar lumps. A small carton of blackcurrant juice - seven. Even, a glass of orange juice can be five sugar lumps. An adult's daily consumption should be just seven.

More than 300 children were admitted to hospital in Brighton and Hove to have teeth removed. The NHS spends £80 million pounds a year on treating diet-related diseases in the area.

So, will the new charge be enough to tackle the health crisis? Here's Andy Dickenson's report.

We hear from teenager Aaliyah Aiyanyo, diabetes sufferer Michael Babbage, TV chef Jamie Oliver, Brighton Food Partnership Director Vic Borrill, newsagent Abs Istefanous, and Brighton Director of Public Health Dr Tom Scanlon.


Doctor forged dead woman's signature to avoid parking fines

A doctor who tried to avoid paying parking fines by forging a dead woman's signature - has been given a twelve month community order.

Dr Vincent Leaper - faked documents by the A.A. to try to get off parking tickets in Southampton and Winchester city centres.

The General Medical Council will now decide if he's fit to continue practising as a doctor. Andrew Pate has more.

Diabetes roadshow highlights risks

The number of people having a limb amputated because of diabetes is high in Southampton and parts of Sussex compared to the rest of the country. Diabetes UK is calling for urgent action and is raising awareness with a new campaign launched today. The charity has created a display of 148 shoes, which represent the number of amputations in one city alone over the past three years. The shoes have been donated by amputees and celebrities, including X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, and our own Fred Dinenage. Juliette Fletcher reports.


Region's drivers warned about new smoking ban

The ban comes into force today Credit: ITV

Drivers are being warned that, from today, anyone caught smoking in a car with passengers under the age of 18 faces prosecution.

A new law comes into effect - but a third of motorists are unaware of the ban. Hampshire Police Federation says it's concerned about policing the new legislation.

Video report: New law on Thursday will ban smoking in cars with children

Smokers will no longer be able to light up in their own cars if they have children on board.

Eight years after the original smoking ban was introduced, the new law comes into force on 1 October.

The news has been welcomed by medics and campaigners who've been fighting for years to protect young lungs from the dangers of cigarette smoke.

But how will the new rules be policed?

Andrea Thomas has been investigating.She spoke to Alistair Martin from the British Lung Foundation, Ian Pointon, from Kent Police Federation and Paul Watters from the AA.

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