TikTok photo branded ‘staggeringly stupid’

  • A TikTok stunt featuring a car parked on a level crossing has been branded “staggeringly stupid”
  • The “reckless” social media post, recorded on the line at Bromley Cross, Bolton, showed a camera and tripod set up on the railway to record the scene
  • An accompanying caption asked viewers: “Would you take the risk to get the shot no-one else would?”
  • Insp Becky Warren, from British Transport Police, said: “No picture or video is worth risking your life for.”
  • Network Rail, which reported the footage after it appeared on the video-sharing app, blasted the “staggeringly stupid and dangerous” clip
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Ex-police officer pleads guilty to possession of child abuse material

  • An ex-police officer has been banned from going near children after he was caught with a large quantity of child sex abuse images
  • The offender, aged 42, was arrested at his home, after downloading 60 horrific images of children being abused
  • The offender’s predatory behaviour first came to light in 2009, when he was sacked from the police force following a probe into indecent images of children , which were found on his computer
  • He previously pleaded  guilty to charges of downloading and possessing indecent images of children at his home between June 26, 2018 and November 5, 2019
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Fears mount over rising child obesity rates amid lockdown 

  • The health board with the worst child obesity rates in Wales is setting up a unit to tackle the issue
  • Data from the Child Measurement Programme showed 30.3% of four and five-year-olds in north Wales measured as overweight or obese
  • The Welsh average is 26.4%, but doctors fear this could worsen in the pandemic
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is recruiting a dietetic lead for a new children’s healthy weight management service
  • The service is not being launched directly because of the pandemic, but there are fears lockdowns and school closures could compound the problem
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Campaign grows to review free school meals plan

  • Marcus Rashford and a group of celebrity chefs and campaigners have called on Boris Johnson to review the government’s free school meals policy
  • The group, including Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Tom Kerridge, have written to the PM asking him to “fix” the system long-term.
  • They called for a strategy to help “end child food poverty” before the summer holidays
  • No 10 said “no child will ever go hungry” because of the Covid pandemic
  • The call for a wide review comes after another row over free school meals during February half-term
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