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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.


Painkillers no longer free for some NHS patients

The painkillers cost £45 when prescribed on the NHS Credit: PA

Paracetamol and Ibuprofen will no longer be free to some patients in Brighton and Hove.

It is part of plans to save the local NHS service half a million pounds.

The proposals will stop the funding of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen prescriptions for short-term minor ailments.

The Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group says the money could instead fund 16 community nurses, 26 breast cancer treatments, 108 more hip replacements or 400 more treatments for Alzheimer's.

The group is the first in Sussex to introduce this measure and is looking to extend it to other medications later in the year.

Over 100,000 prescriptions for the painkillers were issued last year in Brighton and Hove for conditions such as headaches, sprains, and period pains.

The painkillers are four times more expensive, costing over £45, when prescribed on the NHS compared to under £1 in pharmacies and supermarkets.

Warnings over scams at bank cash machines

Devices were placed inside the machines Credit: ITV

Police are reminding people to take extra care when using cash machines to avoid becoming victims of fraud.

Police in Dartford received a report that two suspicious devices had been placed inside ATMs in Hythe Street on 29 December.

The devices are commonly known as ‘Lebanese loops’, which are strips of metal or plastic that block the card slot and give a victim the impression that their card has been swallowed by the machine.

Once they have left, the fraudster can return to remove the device and steal the card.


Rail fare rises on way - but Southern passengers to get a refund

Rail commuters in the south face fare rises of nearly 2% from next week, costing them, on average around £100 extra a year.

However, commuters who have experienced months of delays will get refunds. Southern Rail passengers will get a refund of a month's fare to compensate for the chaos caused by strike action.

And Great Western Railway season ticket holders will get a 5% discount because of late trains.

Passenger watchdogs say all they want are trains to run on time. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports:

Passengers face 'bitter' rail fare hikes in the new year

The Chief Executive of the official rail watchdog, Transport Focus, has told ITV News Meridian that passengers will find the new year rail fare rise "bitter because performance has been so patchy."

Anthony Smith also says solving the Southern dispute must be the number one priority for the new year, saying passengers "have had enough."The latest strikes by RMT guards will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Drivers will stage a week long strike in the second week of January.

Rail fares will go up from 2nd January by a national average of 2.3%. But commuter tickets in the south east cannot go up more than 1.9% because they are controlled by the government. The national rise is more because rail companies can increase tickets off-peak by more than commuter fares.

South West Trains say the average increase for them is 1.5%.

Great Western Railway passengers in the Thames Valley will get a 5% discount because services have not met punctuality targets. 87% of trains should run on time but the current figure is 85%.

Southern passengers who buy weekly or longer season tickets will get a one month refund because of the recent disruption and many fares will be frozen. The company have also just started giving compensation for delays of over 15 minutes.

Southeastern fares will go up 1.8%.

Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Transport Focus:

Dan Panes, Great Western Railway:

Historic silk mill secures lottery funding

It's one of only four working silk mills in the country

A historic silk mill in Hampshire has secured £1.7 million lottery funding to carry out urgent repairs.

The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will see Whitchurch Silk Mill's bell tower, roof and wheelhouse restored.

The Grade II listed Georgian building is the only working silk mill in Britain which is open to the public, and only one of four working silk mills in the country.

Essential conservation to the winding, warping and weaving machinery will also be carried out so the mill can continue to produce silk.

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