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News in Brief: 22/06/14

POLICE: One in four people does not trust police, according to a new poll.

A ComRes survey for the Sunday Mirror revealed that 24 per cent had lost faith following a series of high-profile scandals involving officers.

Pete Saunders, of the National Association of People Abused in Childhood, said: “Many of the thousands of people I have dealt with have had a negative experience of the police — it’s the bad ones you remember.”

 

HEALTH: Campaigners have asked the government to introduce a “sugar tax” to discourage consumption of sweetened soft drinks.

Action on Sugar said it had developed a seven-point plan to curb childhood obesity including the tax and banning junk food sports sponsorships.

Science director Dr Aseem Malhotra said: “It is really quite shameful that the food industry continues to spend billions in junk food advertising targeting children.”

 

AGRICULTURE: High light levels and moderate temperatures have resulted in a vintage crop of strawberries, the British Summer Fruits association has suggested.

It said this year’s crop would be sweeter and juicier than normal.

Meanwhile, a University of London study found strawberries are the fruit that evoke the most positive memories.

The 142-person study found that 77 per cent said the aroma of a fresh strawberry immediately triggers summer memories, while 64 per cent said it prompts thoughts of sunshine.

 

SCAM: Second-hand car-buyers should be beware of unwittingly inheriting debts taken out by the previous owner that could end with their vehicle being seized, Citizens Advice has warned.

One in five people who reported a problem to it about old loans taken out against the car ended up having it repossessed.

Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: “Innocent drivers should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s debt.”

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