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London fire strike: Union considers shift proposal

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  • January 13, 2011
A proposal to formally end a dispute over fire crews' shift patterns in London is to be discussed on Friday by the Fire Brigades' Union (FBU). Its regional committee will decide whether to switch to 10.5-hour day shifts and 13.5-hour night shifts, in...

Five injured in 13-vehicle crash on A35 in Dorset

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  • January 13, 2011
An elderly man suffered a suspected broken ankle in a 13-vehicle pile-up involving two lorries in Dorset. Police were called to the A35 by Litton Cheney and Long Bredy near Dorchester when the crash blocked both carriageways at about 1300 GMT. The in...

Pilot escapes from aircraft fire in Worcestershire

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  • January 13, 2011
A pilot is lucky to have escaped injury after his light aircraft caught fire in midair, Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service said. The pilot had to make a controlled landing in farmer's field in Knighton, near Inkberrow, Worcestershire, during Th...

Intruder set Cumbernauld householder alight

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  • January 13, 2011
A drunken intruder who poured lighter fluid over his victim and set him alight has been jailed for 45 months. William Young, 20, walked into 55-year-old Francis Anderson's home in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, in May last year and claimed he lived ...

Consultation launched on future of fire services

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  • January 13, 2011
The government is urging the 46 fire authorities in England to work more closely together. Fire Minister Bob Neill launched a three-month consultation after controversially scrapping plans to replace them with regional centres. Four options are on th...

Glasgow prosecutors drop Marks and Spencer fire charges

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  • January 13, 2011
Prosecutors have dropped a number of fire safety charges brought against Marks and Spencer over a blaze at one of its stores near Glasgow. The retailer was alleged to have failed to evacuate its Braehead branch and allowed customers to enter after fi...

Devon and Somerset firefighters face 96-hour shifts

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  • January 13, 2011
Devon and Somerset firefighters could be at their station for four days on the run under cost-cutting proposals. Firefighters would be offered a 20% salary rise in return for the change in hours being considered by Devon and Somerset Fire Authority. ...

Industrial estate near Norwich sealed off after blast

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  • January 13, 2011
Emergency crews remain at an industrial estate near Norwich after an explosion destroyed a cafe and damaged nearby buildings on Wednesday night. The blast at about 2115 GMT at Rackheath industrial estate was heard several miles away. The estate has b...

Search for owner of burnt-out Aberdeenshire cottage

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  • January 13, 2011
Investigations are under way at a burnt-out Aberdeenshire cottage to determine whether anyone died in the fire. Grampian and Tayside fire crews were called to the blaze outside Fettercairn just before midnight. Police said it was unclear whether the ...

'Explosion' on industrial estate near Norwich

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  • January 13, 2011
Emergency crews are at an industrial estate near Norwich following reports of a loud explosion. Police, the fire service and paramedics are at Rackheath industrial estate and roads have been sealed off. No further details have been released. People l...

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