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BBC: Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales

Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales 18 August 2018 Image copyright Getty Images The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show. More than three-quarters were also obese, according to the NHS data. Child health experts said the rise was "alarming" and the childhood obesity epidemic was "starting to bite". Councils said more needed to be done to tackle the obesity crisis in children, particularly among minority ethnic groups, who were most affected. Type 2 diabetes can lead to a range of health problems such as heart disease, strokes and kidney problems. The condition occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. It can be linked to obesity. The figures come from an audit published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health of type 2 diabetes cases in specialist paediatric units. They show a rise in young people receiving care for the condition between 2013-14 and 2016-17, but they make up a tiny percentage of the total population of under-25s. Almost half of those treated for type 2 diabetes in 2016-17 were black or Asian, the figures show. They were also more likely to be female and living in a deprived area. 'Extremely worrying' The Local Government Association, which receives funding for public health from the government, says the true number of young people affected could be higher. It said it was "extremely worrying" that more young people are developing the condition. Official data shows that one in five 10 and 11-year-olds are obese, and one in 10 four and five-year-olds are obese in England. Prof Russell Viner, president of the RCPCH, said: "A rise in Type 2 diabetes of this magnitude is alarming and shows that the childhood obesity epidemic is starting to bite." Kathryn Kirchner, clinical advisor at Diabetes UK, said one of the most important risk factors for type 2 diabetes was being overweight or obese, which is something that can be influenced. "These figures are a stark reminder that we have a collective responsibility to push for the actions outlined in the most recent chapter of the childhood obesity plan, including clearer and more consistent food labelling." A Department of Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: "We've invested billions in public health services and have already removed the equivalent of 45 million kilograms of sugar from soft drinks every year. "Our new childhood obesity plan will now get children exercising more in schools, and reduce their exposure to sugary and fatty foods." View the full article

Newham police escape: Cheering onlookers condemned

A police officer has condemned people who cheered a man escaping police after a confrontation which left two officers requiring hospital treatment. The onlookers who are cheering on like they are watching a Boxing match or something are really vile.

Three London police officers charged with perverting course of justice after Hounslow crash

Three London police officers charged with perverting course of justice after Hounslow crash

Police battle to save teenager left fighting for his life after 'two boys were disembowelled with a foot-long carving knife

Three people were stabbed to death and two teenagers disembowelled in just 48 hours in separate attacks across London.

NCA: Gang who used dog biscuits to hide cannabis importation are jailed for 28 years

Return to News 17 August 2018 Four men who smuggled cannabis with a street value of more than £2.1m into the UK have been jailed for a total of 28 years following a NCA investigation.

 The organised crime network, headed by Kevin Downes, 57, hid three-quarters of a tonne of the Class B drug in bags of dog biscuits in an attempt to conceal the smell. Along with his brother, John Downes, 58, and fellow gang members Brian Chapman, 64 and pensioner Thomas Abrahams, 73, the four were jailed at the Old Bailey today (Friday 17 August). Brothers Kevin, 57 and John Downes, 58, from Bermondsey, South London were jailed for nine years and 10 months and seven years and four months respectively. Brian Chapman, 64, also from Bermondsey was sentenced to five years and four months. All three had pleaded guilty at earlier court hearings to conspiracy to import controlled drugs into the UK. Abrahams, from Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent was jailed for five years and six months after being found guilty following a two-week trial which ended on 28, June 2018. The investigation revealed that Kevin Downes arranged the importation of drugs to be delivered to a fictional company called ‘Levante European’. Using his knowledge of the local area, his accomplice, Abrahams arranged for the drugs to be delivered to an industrial unit based at a remote farmland location in Kent. Enquiries by NCA officers showed the drugs were collected from Guadarrama, Spain, on 26, September, 2016. The consignment was driven into the UK by a legitimate delivery company unaware of their illegal cargo. By this time, NCA investigators were tracking the gang and surveillance officers watched as the drugs were unloaded from the van by John Downes at an industrial unit on Lower Road, Sheerness, Kent on 30 September, 2016 at about 11.00am. Downes was then arrested. 
The boxes were opened and a number of taped packages containing cannabis resin were discovered hidden under bags of dog food. Two hours later at about 1.00pm, Kevin Downes and Brian Chapman were seen travelling in a car onto the Isle of Sheppey. They stopped at a shop near to the rented unit, where they were arrested by NCA investigators. The following month on 28 October, Thomas Abrahams was arrested by NCA and Kent Police officers at his home address in Sheerness. Jacque Beer, NCA Branch Commander said: “Today’s sentencing marks the end of a long investigation that was undertaken over a number of months, in which we worked closely with our colleagues from Kent and Essex police.

“This is a significant disruption of an organised crime network intent on bringing illegal drugs into the UK. “The Downes’ brothers, Chapman and Abrahams are career criminals. They were all seeking to profit from the misery that illegal drugs cause our communities. “The cannabis had a street value of more than £2.1 m and no doubt the proceeds would have funded further criminality. “We take all importations of illegal drugs seriously and this joint policing operation has prevented a substantial quantity of drugs from ending up on our streets.” Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Nine held in £12m cocaine and heroin importation investigation

Return to News 17 August 2017 Nine members of an organised crime gang alleged to be involved in trafficking heroin and cocaine into the UK have been arrested as part of an NCA led investigation Over three days this week, officers in the UK and in the Netherlands arrested the eight men and one woman in connection with the importation of drugs worth around £12million. The alleged offences took place over a 12 month period from June 2016 to June 2017. NCA officers were assisted by Dutch police colleagues in the latest stage of this long-running international operation. The first seven arrests took place in the West Midlands and the Netherlands. Early morning on Tuesday (14 August), NCA officers made five arrests of four men and one woman in the Birmingham and Tipton areas of the West Midlands. They were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to import Class A drugs and taken into custody. All four men were later charged, whilst the woman was bailed pending further enquiries. Simultaneous arrests of two other men were made in Rotterdam in the Netherlands by Dutch police working with the NCA. The two Dutch nationals, aged 30 and 33, were arrested on a European Arrest Warrant, and extradition procedures will now commence for the pair to face drugs charges in the UK. Yesterday (Thursday, 16 August), two men from Birmingham were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to import Class A drugs. They were later bailed. Colin Williams, NCA Operations Manager, said: “Working with our partners overseas is essential in the National Crime Agency’s fight against drug trafficking. It allows us to co-ordinate operations, and sharing our intelligence enables us to tackle the threat that illegal drugs have on our communities, protecting the public both in the UK and in mainland Europe. “These latest arrests have disrupted this organised gang intent on smuggling drugs estimated at £12m into the UK and this success is a result of the excellent relationship the NCA has with our partners in the Netherlands.” Five other men who were part of this organised crime group have already been convicted for their part in this sophisticated operation. Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: Man with 640,000 child sex abuse images jailed for 45 months

Return to News 16 August 2018 A man has today been jailed for 45 months after admitting building up a catalogue of more than 640,000 images and videos of child sex abuse. Mark Ferguson, 56, told officers he was aroused by the images – which included newborn babies to teenagers – and that he was “more of a collector” who wanted full sets of images. Acting on intelligence, on 3 February 2017 the NCA arrested Ferguson at his home in Baulkham Hills, Houghton Le Spring, Co Durham, on suspicion of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children. Investigators removed 19 electronic devices including a computer, laptop, mobile phones and memory sticks. Ferguson, who owns his own electronics company, admitted downloading and storing 640,465 child sex abuse images he amassed over 10 years. He shared thousands of images in more than 4,000 chat logs with other offenders online. The videos and pictures ranged in classification from A (the most severe), B, C, prohibited and extreme. He admitted three counts of making and three counts of distributing indecent images of children and was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court today. NCA senior investigating officer Graham Ellis said: “Ferguson’s horrendous collection featured the very worst of every category. “He ordered and catalogued the substantial volume of images into year and gender and swapped them with other offenders. “We work tirelessly with partners to ensure those who access and share these sickening images online are located and brought to justice.” The Lucy Faithfull Foundation runs the Stop It Now! helpline which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children. Share this Page: View the full article

NCA: “Europe’s most wanted” - suspected head of Romanian criminal network arrested in UK

Home News “Europe’s most wanted” - suspected head of Romanian criminal network arrested in UK Return to News 15 August 2018 The suspected head of a major Romanian organised crime network has been arrested following an operation by the National Crime Agency. Florin Ghinea, 43, (right) was detained by officers from the NCA’s Armed Operations Unit as he left a gym in Watford on Tuesday 14 August. The operation was supported by Hertfordshire Police. Ghinea, who goes by the nickname “Ghenosu” was wanted by the Romanian authorities for human trafficking, conspiracy to murder, blackmail and money laundering. He was listed as one of Europol’s most wanted men. He stands accused of orchestrating a trafficking ring which saw Romanian women sent to Ireland, Finland and Dubai for the purposes of sexual exploitation, as well as conspiring to kill a criminal rival. Ghinea was held on a European Arrest Warrant and will now face extradition to Romania. That process began with a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court today (15 August) which saw him remanded in custody until his next appearance on 25 September. National Crime Agency deputy director Tom Dowdall said: “Ghinea was being sought by the Romanian authorities for some extremely serious offences including human trafficking and murder, and was quite rightly regarded as one of Europe’s most wanted. “He was arrested as a result of some excellent joint working between the NCA, our partners in Romania and Hertfordshire Police. “The ability to do this means that no matter where in Europe they come from criminals will find no sanctuary in the UK, and our streets are safer as a result.” Share this Page: View the full article

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