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Shropshire Council proposes a council tax 'freeze'

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  • February 21, 2011
hropshire Council has proposed freezing its share of the council tax bill for the next financial year. Despite council budget cuts the authority said it was important to help people as much as possible during the economic downturn. If approved the co...

Potters Bar crash: Network Rail to plead guilty

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  • February 21, 2011
Network Rail has admitted health and safety failings over the 2002 Potters Bar crash, in which seven people died. The company has said it will plead guilty to charges which were brought over the condition of tracks near the station in Hertfordshire. ...

Guernsey fire service wants more retained firefighters

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  • February 21, 2011
Guernsey's Fire and Rescue Service has launched a campaign to recruit more retained firefighters. Andy Mauger, community fire safety manager, said those who apply must be committed. He said: "What we need is commitment really, we need them to be able...

House blaze in town was 'arson'

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  • February 21, 2011
A fire at a house in Darlington is being treated as arson, police say. A wooden garden shed at the rear of a house in Thompson Street West was set on fire on Wednesday. The fire spread to the house causing extensive fire and smoke damage to the windo...

Two people hurt on Newtown funfair ride

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  • February 21, 2011
An inquiry has been launched after two people were injured on a fairground ride in Powys. The incident took place in Newtown on Saturday night when a barrier is said to have come loose. The Health and Safety Executive is investigating. The Welsh Ambu...

Channel Tunnel rail link inquest begins in Gravesend

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  • February 21, 2011
A jury has been sworn in for an inquest into the deaths of two railwaymen in a fire during the construction of the Channel Tunnel rail link. Douglas Lynch, 50, from the Folkestone area of Kent, suffered severe burns in the blaze on a maintenance loco...

Maidenhead arson murderer jailed for life

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  • February 21, 2011
A man has been jailed for life for murdering a woman who was killed in an arson attack on her home. Saimah Ali, 23, died in the blaze in Moor Lane, Maidenhead, in June last year after she became trapped in an attic room. Amaar Najib, 20, of Slough, w...

Woman pulled to safety after cliff fall in Jersey

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  • February 21, 2011
Firefighters used a winch and rescue lines to pull an injured woman 160m (525ft) from the bottom of a cliff in Jersey. Eleven firefighters were involved in rescuing the woman who had fallen at La Point Du Fret at 1700 GMT on Sunday. Paramedics asked ...

Rescue claim over Alison Hume mine shaft death

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  • February 21, 2011
An inquiry into the death of a woman who fell down a mine shaft in Ayrshire has been told a specialist cave rescue organisation should have been called. Alan Jeffreys, a leading member of the Scottish Cave Rescue Organisation, said its members had pr...

Ambulance on 999 call in Bedfordshire destroyed by fire

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  • February 21, 2011
An ambulance from Hertfordshire on a 999 call was destroyed on the A1(M) in Bedfordshire on Sunday night. The East of England Ambulance Service vehicle from Letchworth was responding to a call from Dunton at 2205 GMT. The crew, on the A1(M) northboun...

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