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Chemical explosion company Biolab UK fined £66,000

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  • September 24, 2010
A chemical company in Gloucestershire has been fined £66,000 following an explosion at its factory in 2006. The incident at Biolab UK's site near Cheltenham saw chemicals leak into the River Coln, killing about 2,500 fish. In May, the firm admit...

Dozens of electric blankets in Herefordshire 'unsafe'

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  • September 24, 2010
More than a third of electric blankets brought to safety testing sessions in Herefordshire were found to be unsafe. A total of 130 were tested Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury and Leominster, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said. Sixteen blankets ...

Tributes paid to crash pair after car hits parked lorry

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  • September 24, 2010
Hundreds of tributes have been paid to a "happy and caring" 16-year-old fire cadet who died when the car she was in crashed into a parked lorry. Hayley Bates and the car driver Ian Lewkowicz, 26, both from Stoke-on-Trent, died at the scene on the A50...

Car destroyed in suspected arson in Whitchurch

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  • September 24, 2010
A car has been destroyed and a second partially damaged in a suspected arson attack in Shropshire. Fire crews were alerted to the incident in Claypit Street Whitchurch during the early hours of Friday. Entry was gained to a silver Peugeot 306 and the...

High winds bring down large tree in Stockport

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  • September 24, 2010
A 15m (50ft) tree damaged a car and blocked a road during a night of strong winds in Greater Manchester. The Mini Cooper was in the path of the tree which fell across Old Hall Road in Gatley, Stockport, overnight. As well as denting the car, branche...

Major fire hits Chinese takeaway at Portlethen

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  • September 24, 2010
One man was hurt after a major blaze at a Chinese takeaway in Aberdeenshire. The injured man was taken to hospital from China House in Portlethen after the fire shortly before 1200 BST on Friday. Five units from Grampian Fire and Rescue Service were...

Russians deny blast as oil refinery burns in Urals

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  • September 24, 2010
An oil refinery has caught fire near the city of Ufa in the Urals with Russian officials denying reports of an explosion. A spokeswoman for Bashneft, owner of the Novoil refinery, said an oil reservoir had caught fire during maintenance work. "The re...

Woman flees suspected arson attack at St Leonards home

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  • September 24, 2010
A woman and her two dogs have escaped a fire in East Sussex which is believed to have been started deliberately. Emergency services were called to London Road, St Leonards, just before 2230 BST on Thursday after the fire started at the front door of ...

Arson attack on Ballyclare church

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  • September 24, 2010
Ballyclare Presbyterian Church in County Antrim has been damaged in an arson attack. The kitchen at the church on the Doagh Road was extensively damaged in the blaze, which was discovered at about 2350 BST on Thursday. Police believe the fire was sta...

New building for fire-hit surgeries in Wellingborough

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  • September 24, 2010
Work has begun on a £6m health centre in Northamptonshire to replace one destroyed by fire. Three GP practices were based at the Gold Street Medical Centre in Wellingborough, which had to close after the fire in May. About 20,000 patients of Abb...

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