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Under The Skin: investigating the UK's most common cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, and rates are continuing to rise - with at least 100,000 new cases being diagnosed each year.

In this special series we're looking at the terrible impact of the disease, and finding out what we can all do to reduce the risk.

100,000
new cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually.

Many believe the increase in numbers is down to jetting off for two weeks of sun.

One expert at Bristol Oncology Centre told our very own Kylie Pentelow, getting burnt as a child can increase your risk of skin cancer by 80 per cent.

She's been finding out just what that holiday sun can really mean - under the skin.

80%
The increased risk of skin cancer if you get burnt as a child.

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted child abduction

Police have arrested a 32-year-old man from Sharpness on suspicion of attempting to take a child. The arrest on Monday came after a man approached three girls on Down Road, Alveston, at about 9pm on Saturday 2 July. The incident was reported to police the next day. The girls, two aged 11 and a 14-year-old, told officers that a man in a car had stopped to ask directions then asked them to get into the car. He did not touch them and they ran away and told a relative who took the registration of the vehicle. The arrested man was later released on police bail pending further enquiries, including a video identification process.

Avon & Somerset Police Credit: ITV West Country

In a second incident in Thornbury, a concerned mum called police at about 5.15pm on Monday to report a man who had been sitting in his car for some time and appeared to be watching children at the Mundy playing fields.. Officers attended immediately and a man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving offences. A 45-year-old man from Thornbury has been charged with being in charge of a car while unfit through drink and possession of a bladed article, a locking knife. He was released on police bail to appear before North Avon Magistrates next month.

This is a close-knit community and people are very quick to let us know about anything suspicious, as they did here. We don’t believe these incidents are linked and this sort of thing is very rare in our area. I hope parents will be reassured by these arrests – we take this sort of incident very seriously. I must praise the young girls in Alveston who did exactly the right thing by running away and telling someone, as well as the young man who took the registration details of the car. I also want to thank the parents and carers who called in to report the suspicious man in Thornbury

– Sean White, Neighbourhood PC

PC White said officers stepped up patrols of the area and will be including stranger danger talks in planned visits to local schools. He urged parents and carers to remind children what to do if they are approached by a suspicious stranger: shout or scream, run home or to the nearest busy public place, such as a shop, and tell a grown-up straight away.

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