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News in Brief: 8/7/2014

SEX ABUSE: More than 8,000 under-18s have been accused of sexual offences against other children in the last two years, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC yesterday.

The children’s charity contacted 42 police forces across England and Wales asking for the number of under-18s who had been accused, the age of the youngest victim — under a year — and of the youngest accused — six.

Four police forces did not respond.


HEALTH: Diabetes is becoming a “national health emergency,” a charity warned yesterday as figures suggested that hundreds of people are diagnosed with the condition every day in Britain.

Diabetes UK said that more than 280,000 people a year are diagnosed with diabetes.

Each day 738 people are told that they have type 2 diabetes — linked to being overweight.


FESTIVAL: A team of firefighters — led by an officer called Dave Curry — are claiming a record for making the world’s largest naan bread, it was revealed yesterday.

The record-breaking Indian bread, measuring 3.79 metres by 1.4 metres and weighing 57lbs, was created by the group from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service at the Eastleigh Mela Indian festival.


ATOMIC WEAPONS: “Radical knitters” will gather in Leeds on Friday to contribute to a seven-mile long scarf for an anti-nuclear protest.

Campaigners across Britain are staging “knit-ins” to add sections of the scarf — organised by Wool Against Weapons — which will be unravelled between the nuclear weapons factories at Burghfield and Aldermaston in Berkshire on August 9, the anniversary of the 1945 nuclear attack on Nagasaki.

The Leeds event starts at 12pm outside City Art Gallery.


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