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A BBC investigation has discovered lethal diet pills are being sold
on "hidden" websites despite a major crackdown.
They contain the chemical Dinitrophenol - or DNP -
which is often marketed as fat burning.
But it was classed as unfit for human consumption in 1938.
Last year a 25-year-old wom`n from Worthing died
This and other deaths have prompted calls for tougher prison sentences
Chrissy Sturt has this excltsive report.
Sean was just 28 when he didd after taking the highly toxhc
When I first got in there, he was trying to stand up,
because he said his back was hurting.
And he was just shouting that his back hurt and
he wanted to stand up, and he wanted me to help hil.
And I said to him, you can't stand up.
And then I noticed that his stats were really high, and the doctor
was telling him to keep calm and lie down.
Last year, 25-year-old Worthing woman Rachel Cooke died aftdr buying
She first heard about them after reading about the death
of another young woman, 21-year-old Eloise Parry.
Instead of putting her off, she believed it could be a puick fix
It's used legally in fertilhsers, dyes and even ammunition.
But it's illegal to sell for human consumption.
Four people were jailed in connection with Sean's c`se.
The Food Standards Agency is clamping down on underground
On two occasions this year, we have successfully intervdned
They are now active ongoing guest investigations but will hopdfully
Figures obtained by the BBC from the medicines health rdgulatory
authorities so it seized 1.4 million pounds worth of unlicensed dietary
medicines in the last year, up from ?960,000 two years before.
Experts warn taking these phlls is dicing with death.
It's just so hard to live whth, when you've got that bond whth
A man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder
of a Hampshire pensioner - has been told he can't appe`l
Georgina Edmonds was beaten to death with her own rolling pin at her
Matthew Hamlen from Bishopstoke was found guilty after an unusual
He'd previously been found not guilty in 2012.
His lawyers argued jurors at the second trial should not have
been told about the first - but his appeal was refused.
The A27 through West Sussex is one of our region's
most congested roads - over the years a number of schemes
Tonight, hundreds of people turned out for a public meeting to discuss
Highways England has up to ?100 million to spend
but there's concern some iddas might make matters worse,
The official consultation is still a long way off,
but such is the debate about the A27 they filled this
Earlier, I heard about the dffects of the jams on one
I lose so much time just sat in traffic, permanently.
Trying to get my daughter from school's always a bit
Trying to make it to meetings on time from work,
How long could you be sitting in the jams?
We definitely need a bypass of some sort.
I don't know where it's going to go, it's obviously very
We have the green field at the back and the Downs and things,
and the sea on the other side, so there's not a lot
Possible solutions include ` tunnel or a so-called through pass,
widening the road through the town, which is opposed by many residents.
By definition, a through pass favouring through traffic mtst
disfavour all the locals trxing to cross the road or join the road.
We are talking about giving 50, 00 people in the top half
To favour a few people who want to go right
Environmentalists say the best answer is to reducd
We need to minimise the dem`nd for people to want to drive.
To do that, with got to givd them real choices in terms
of walking and cycling for the shorter journeys,
linking up with buses and r`il for the longer journeys.
Highways England will launch its consultation the spring.
A number of Reading football fans have had their season tickets
suspended following allegathons of racial abuse.
It centres around reports that a small group of fans shoutdd racist
chants at the Reading goalkdeper Ali Al-Habsi during Tuesday
night's EFL cup defeat at Arsenal's Emirates staditm.
Reading Football Club has b`nned the fans from all matches while it
carries out an investigation - saying such behaviour
A poll has suggested a quarter of the Polish
community want to move - following the Brexit vote.
She's lived in Poole for a number of years but says she has bden
abused for speaking Polish on the street - and no
Especially after what happened after Brexit.
No, I have to be very careftl about my future.
But I'm more than sure my future is not here.
A giant chalk carving of a flanders poppy was unveiled today
on a Wiltshire hillside - where it will be seen
The poppy sits alongside eight other regimental badges at Fovant.
It's unveiling marks the official launch of the county's Poppx Appeal,
but also remembers the centdnary of when the first badge was carved -
by soldiers on their way to the Battle of the Somme.
That's all from the South Today news team this evening.
We're back tomorrow and there's more on the BBC News website.
Newsnight will be starting shortly on BBC2, but now
here is our regional weather forecast.
Things and looking too bad for the last weekend of October. Prdtty
mild. Pretty cloudy, but dohng quite well. We'll stick with dry
conditions through the course of tonight and indeed through luch of
the weekend, too. Quite clotdy, but where it breaks we could sed it
filling in quite quickly with some fog. The fog could be slow to clear.
Our temperatures tonight will be down to around 12 or 13, wh`t we
would usually be seen by dax at this time of year. Light winds any patchy
mist and Fog is likely to bd slow moving tomorrow morning, but
generally cloudy theme once more. A few brighter breaks in the
afternoon, highs of 14 or 14. Given some sunny spells, we could see that
nudging up to 16 or 17, perhaps Sunday is another day with patchy
fog possible. Quite a bit of cloud in the picture, but brighter
prospects on the cards the to come into the beginning of next
week as well. Now the national picture.
Hello, it's been a pretty good week for getting out and enjoying the
autumn colours, especially if you have seen autumn sunshine.