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Bulwell arson murder conviction quashed

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  • February 15, 2011
A Nottingham man jailed for murdering a woman by setting her house on fire has had his conviction overturned. William Rowbotham, 20, was found guilty of murder and arson with intent to endanger life over the fire in June 2009, in which Susie Southern...

Woman 'set man on fire in Catford kitchen'

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  • February 15, 2011
A woman set a man on fire and then tried to withdraw money from his account, the Old Bailey has heard. Frank Hancock, 63, died five days after an accelerant was poured over him and he was set alight in the kitchen of his flat in Catford, south London...

Woman in hospital after fire at Norton Sub Hamdon homes

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  • February 15, 2011
A 60-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a large fire at a terraced cottage in Yeovil. Fire crews were called to Higher Street, in Norton Sub Hamdon, at 1130 GMT on Tuesday where it took three hours to put out the blaze. The fire also spr...

Arson attack on ex-lover's boat in Hertfordshire denied

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  • February 15, 2011
A woman poured petrol over her ex-lover's narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal and set it alight as he slept inside, a jury has heard. The prosecution at St Albans Crown Court claims Kathleen Smith carried out the attack because she was angry Jeremy B...

Ramsgate woman injured in flats fire fall

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  • February 15, 2011
A woman has been taken to hospital after she was injured in an 8ft (2.4m) fall from a fire on the first floor of a 16-storey block of flats in Kent. About 40 firefighters tackled the blaze in Newcastle Hill, Ramsgate, which started just before 1648 G...

Louth speed camera targeted by arsonist

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  • February 15, 2011
A speed camera has been damaged in an arson attack in Lincolnshire. The device, situated on the A16 bypass at Louth, was discovered on fire shortly after 2300 GMT. Officers said it was not clear whether the incident was related to a similar fire on t...

Gloucestershire fire service gets £40m for new stations

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  • February 15, 2011
The government has confirmed it will provide £40m for four new fire stations and a community centre in Gloucestershire. Gloucester fire station will be replaced with sites in Cheltenham Road East, Churchdown, and Tuffley. In Cheltenham, the Keyn...

Castle Douglas Town Hall fire brought under control

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  • February 15, 2011
An overnight blaze at a town hall in south west Scotland has been brought under control. Fire crews were called out to Castle Douglas Town Hall shortly before 0200 GMT. The fire is understood to have started at the back of the Douglas Arms Hotel befo...

Firefighters rescue man from fire in Pentre, Rhondda

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  • February 15, 2011
A man has been rescued by firefighters from his blazing home in Rhondda Cynon Taf. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to the house in Pleasant View, Pentre, amid reports a person was trapped. One man was carried from the property by fire...

Firefighters find a body in Cornwall chalet

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  • February 15, 2011
A body has been found in a badly burned wooden chalet in Cornwall. Crews were called to the Trewhiddle Holiday Park near St Austell shortly after 2200 GMT on Monday. The fire was described as severe and crews used breathing apparatus to get into the ...

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