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Essex Fire Service defends solar panel rather than staff-spend

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  • October 3, 2013
More money should be spent on staff rather than £2m being set aside for solar panels, firefighters claim. Essex Fire and Rescue Service currently has 28 fewer firefighters than the 822 budgeted for this year. It is now planning to spend £2m on sola...

Cambridgeshire fire chief return 'insensitive' says FBU

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  • October 3, 2013
The return of a fire chief to a job he retired from only a month ago has been branded "insensitive" by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). Graham Stagg left Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service in September and returned on Tuesday on his old salary. Kei...

Rescue attempt in fatal OAP fire at Glyn Padarn in Aberystwyth

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  • October 3, 2013
A neighbour tried to save an elderly woman whose body was found following a blaze at a sheltered housing complex. The fire started in a ground floor flat at Glyn Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, just before 20:30 BST on Tuesday. Th...

Wickham Market pub fire: Landlord John Parnell released from police bail

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  • October 3, 2013
A landlord who was arrested after a fire seriously damaged his Suffolk pub, has been released from police bail. The fire broke out at The George on High Street, Wickham Market, in the early hours of 18 April. Landlord John Parnell, 59, of Elmswell, w...

Hanged firefighter: Open verdict on Martin Sibley death

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  • October 3, 2013
Nobody will ever know what "was going through the mind" of a firefighter found hanged at home, a coroner has said. Martin Sibley, 48, was pronounced dead by paramedics at his Colchester home in June. The inquest in Chelmsford heard Mr Sibley had been...

Scottish Borders police and fire amalgamation cash projects chosen

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  • October 3, 2013
A rebate of more than £1m from amalgamating police and fire operations into single national services has been allocated in the Borders. Councillors have agreed a range of projects across the region which will benefit. Amongst the schemes sharing the...

Faisal Latif jailed for 1992 Middleport fire killings

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  • October 1, 2013
A man has been jailed for 15 years after he admitted killing a mother and her son in a house fire, in 1992. Faisal Latif, 44, was arrested in the US in January on five charges, including two of murder. Marilyn Cook, 40, and her 16-year-old son Nichol...

Langton Matravers barn fire 'may involve asbestos'

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  • October 1, 2013
A fire at a barn filled with 150 tonnes of straw "may involve asbestos", Dorset Fire and Rescue Service has said. About 30 firefighters from Westborne, Swanage and Wareham were called to the fire at Durnford Drove in Langton Matravers at about 09:30 ...

Winchester house fire investigated as 'suspected arson'

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  • October 1, 2013
A fire that broke out at a home under construction in Winchester is being treated as arson following a Hampshire police and fire service investigation. Ten homes were evacuated during the blaze in Hatherley Road on 22 August at around 04:30 BST. Fort...

Warning after students evacuated following fire in halls

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  • October 1, 2013
More than 1,000 students were evacuated from halls of residence in the early hours when a cooker caught fire. Crews were called to Manchester Student Village in Lower Chatham Street at 02:58 BST after a fire on the sixth floor. No-one was hurt but th...

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