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Bid to block new takeaways near town's schools as shocking figures show one in three kids is overweight

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Sign up for our daily newsletter to get the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox Shocking figures showing 35 per cent of Bury’s year 6 pupils are overweight have led to calls for planning policy to discourage takeaways being opened close to schools and in areas of deprivation.

Bury Council’s health scrutiny committee heard a presentation on Bury’s approach to tackling obesity which also revealed that almost a quarter of reception age children are obese or overweight as are almost two thirds of adults in the borough.

The committee heard that there was a higher than average number of takeaways in the borough with 127 per 100,000 of population. READ MORE: Man pleads not guilty to murder of 10-month-old baby as trial set for next

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