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From: St Osmunds
On the 7th November, 21 Vietnamese migrants — 11 of them children, many as young as 12 — have been found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in the British port of New haven, East Sussex. They had been smuggled across borders, hidden between cases of sparkling water. Investigators believe a Romanian man was driving the lorry and he has been charged for entering the UK illegally. Vietnam consistently ranks as one of the top countries for potential victims of trafficking, abuse and and modern day slavery in the UK. The UK's leading children charity NSPCC reports that over 2100 children were identified as potential victims of trafficking last year. Child trafficking and modern slavery are child abuse, says the NSPCC. "Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold". But is still unknown what the exact number of children being trafficked per day in the UK is. The charity said that is because "trafficking is a hidden crime and recorded statistics are almost certainly an under-estimate". But their staggering evidence suggests that 2 out of 5 potential victims of modern slavery found in the UK were children. The most common cases to be trafficked into the UK are people from Albania,Vietnam, Afghanistan and Eritrea. It is important to stay alert: children can be very blind when it comes to this matter and are easily targeted because they are so vulnerable. Human trafficking is around us but hardly ever seen with a naked-eye. So we need to beware of its dangers, keep a close eye when we are alone or with friends, and never talk or go with a stranger. By : Delfina
From: Barnes
On 18 October 2018 lots of people gathered together to see Quentin Blake's amazing new artwork at the Science Museum. He made  an astonishing  amount of effort to inspire the many children who have an interest in art, especially drawing,painting and helping little boys and girls to use their imagination. The new images show famous scientists and their creations. It was not just children who were inspired; adults were still very interested in what he had to say. Quentin Blake is famous because of his outstanding pictures in the many books like by Roald Dahl like The Twits and James and the Giant Peach.
From: Barnes
Simon Cowell , the celebrity, ditched his mobile phone ten months ago. He has declared that he is now feeling happier since then, even though it was strange at first. The X Factor judge has said that he is very annoyed about adults being on their phones all the time.  "It has been so good for my mental health," he said. "It's a very strange experience but it really is good for you and it has absolutely made me happier. The thing I get irritated with is when you have a meeting - everyone's on their phone - and I was probably in that place. You just can't concentrate." Children and  teenagers are often accused of being on their phones too much. In America, there are health clinics for young people who are addicted to their phones. Also, in the UK there is an app that rewards you for being away from your phone. Could you do that? Who knows? However, it's not just kids. It's also adults. A 2017 survey told us that just over half of adults check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up. Now other celebrities are dumping their phones. The question is, could you do that?
From: Barnes
The author John Cunliffe has died, aged 85. He was most famous for creating Postman Pat and was born in Colne, Lankashire  and lived in Kendal, Cumbria. He took inspiration from the Lake District when creating the show's fictional village of Greendale. The first episode of Postman Pat was broadcast on 16th of September 1981 and the animated series has appeared in more than 50 countries! The family said Mr Cunliffe died at home after a short illness He delighted generations of children with his tales of rural postman Pat Clifton and his black and white cat Jess. Cunliffe published around 190 books for young children as well as five volumes of poetry and numerous picture books. 'Even the skies wept for the gifted author of postman pat, creator of Rosie and Jim and the author of many earlier published collections of poetry and many picture books for children', said his daughter.