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Lincolnshire council budget meeting hears of job cuts

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  • February 11, 2011
More than 650 staff have expressed an interest in voluntary redundancy as Lincolnshire County Council looks to shed 900 posts. The news came as the authority approved its budget for next year, which includes £57m in savings. Officials said they ...

Firefighters tackle toxic cloud in Clitheroe

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  • February 11, 2011
Fifty firefighters have dealt with a cloud of toxic gas at an industrial estate in east Lancashire. The leak took place at Johnson Matthey Catalysts on the Pimlico Industrial Estate in Clitheroe at about 1130 GMT. Firefighters in protective suits and...

Kent fire crews rescue sick elephant at Howletts

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  • February 11, 2011
A sick elephant that had collapsed on its side at a Kent animal park had to be winched upright by fire crews. Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury at 0930 GMT. Keepers said Umna, a 13-year-old African e...

'Arsonist' makes threat to Kent police officer

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  • February 11, 2011
The hunt for a serial arsonist who is believed to have targeted five Kent businesses has been stepped up after threats were made to a police officer. The threat was sent in an e-mail to a local newspaper in the county, which police are treating serio...

Oil fire at Donegal farm

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  • February 11, 2011
A farm in County Donegal has been extensively damaged in a fire. The blaze at the property at Mass Hill, near Lifford, broke out at about 1220 GMT on Friday. Six fire appliances from Londonderry, along with a foam tender and a water tanker, attended ...

Concern over rise in accidental fires at home

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  • February 11, 2011
Jersey's Fire and Rescue Service recorded a 27% increase in the number of accidental fires in homes in 2010 compared to the previous year. Richard Liron, station manager, said the increase was generating concern. However, he said: "Despite this inexp...

Gateshead boys save grandmother from house fire

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  • February 11, 2011
Two young brothers have told how they saved their grandmother from a fire at a house in Gateshead. Evan, 10, and nine-year-old Keinan Eccleston woke to find the house in Bramblelaw, Beacon Lough, filled with smoke on Wednesday. Their grandmother, Jac...

Grange attack girlfriend comes out of coma

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  • February 11, 2011
A woman, whose partner was found murdered when fire crews responded to a fire at an Edinburgh flat, has emerged from her coma. Police said Lynsey Methven, 30, regained consciousness in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Friday. Her boyfriend, Stewart Taylo...

Arson-hit Osbaston House images posted online

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  • February 11, 2011
A call has been made for the demolition of a burnt-out house where a man killed himself and his family, after images of it appeared on the internet. Christopher Foster, his wife and daughter died at Osbaston House in Maesbrook near Oswestry in 2008. ...

M4 reopens after car catches fire in Brynglas tunnels

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  • February 11, 2011
The M4 has reopened after a car fire in the Brynglas tunnels, Newport, say police. A fault with the vehicle is thought to have started the fire in the motorway tunnel westbound at 1107 GMT, said Gwent Police. The eastbound tunnel, which was closed f...

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