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Obsesity rates for Year 6 kids in Tower Hamlets 'spiralling'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Child on scales
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More must be done to combat spiralling childhood obesity rates in Tower Hamlets, health and education professionals have said.

More than 42% of Year 6 children in the borough are obese or overweight, according to Public Health statistics.

This rate has not fallen for many years and is significantly higher than the London average of 37.7%.

In a report to Tower Hamlets Health and Well-being Board Somen Banerjee, Director of Public Health, said: “Although a wide range of activity is taking place (to combat childhood obesity), refreshed strategic direction is needed that identifies where we are having most and least impact and how we can best work in partnership to maximise outcomes.”

Public Health has set up meeting between parents, residents and children to find out how they can better bring obesity rates down.

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London Fire Brigade have confirmed that a fire at Bromyard Avenue, Acton is now out and "Thankfully, there are no reports of any injuries."

Flat fire
London Fire Brigade

Part of a five-roomed flat on the top floor of a six-storey block was alight.

One woman left the affected flat and a further 29 people left the building before the brigade arrived.

The blaze was brought under control by crews at 13:18 BST and the cause of the fire is now under investigation.

Six crews tackle Acton flat fire

Fire crews are tackling a fire at a block of flats in Acton.

Fire at flat

Six fire engines and 40 firefighters are at the scene having been called out at 11:48 BST to the flat on Bromyard Avenue.

London Fire Brigade said part of a five-roomed flat on the fifth floor is ablaze.

It has not yet confirmed if anyone has been injured and the cause of the fire is not known at this stage.

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Police scheme to improve autism interaction

A scheme designed at improving how police interact with people with autism across London is to be introduced.

Those individuals can carry either a Autism Alert Card or a larger "passport" which will identify them as having an autism spectrum disorder.

It will include information regarding the individual’s name and contact details for an appropriate adult.

The Met said cardholders would produce the information when they come into contact with police and "provide officers and staff with the information in order to aid understanding and effective interaction".

The scheme, supported by the National Police Autism Association, is part of a collaboration between the Met, City of London Police and British Transport Police.

Portrait of Met Commissioner Cressida Dick unveiled

Portrait of Cressida Dick
Met Police

A portrait of Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has been unveiled to mark 100 years of women in the Metropolitan Police Service.

Ms Dick, who is the Met's first female commissioner, was painted by Frances Bell and the portrait hangs at the Met's Training School in Hendon alongside the paintings of 26 of her predecessors.

Painted in Frances Bell’s studio over more than 20-hours of sittings, the portrait depicts the Commissioner against the back-drop of a map of London - symbolising her long policing career in London and personal affinity with the Capital.

In contrast to other portraits Cressida sat wearing her shirt uniform and no tunic.

Ms Dick said: “The strength of feeling for the portrait surprised me, but I understand and appreciate that it is an important part of the 100 years celebrations, symbolises the nature of the current Met and maybe important in inspiring the next generation of Met people.

"I am very grateful to the artist, Frances Bell, who put me at great ease and made the whole process an interesting and surprisingly enjoyable one.”

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