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Local government pension contribution rates to rise

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  • October 7, 2011
Council staff in England and Wales have been told they should pay higher pension contributions to help save the government £900m. The increase in contribution rates, for staff earning more than £15,100, will be phased in from April 2012. Th...

Fire at Deal Town football club under investigation

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  • October 7, 2011
Investigations are under way into the cause of a fire that severely damaged a sports pavilion in Kent. About 30 firefighters were called to Deal Town FC's Charles Sports Ground in St Leonard's Road, Deal, at about 17:15 BST on Thursday. Acting Det Sg...

Long Eaton substation fire 'was arson'

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  • October 7, 2011
A fire at an electricity substation in Derbyshire was started deliberately, the fire service has said. The blaze, on Main Street in Long Eaton on Wednesday morning, cut off power to 283 homes and several nearby properties were evacuated. About 50 fir...

Dunelm Mill fire out but cause still unknown

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  • October 7, 2011
The cause of a large fire at a retail park in Coventry is still unknown because investigators said they had been unable to access the buildings. The Dunelm Mill and Dreams stores on the Orchard Retail Park in Willenhall suffered "extensive damage" in...

Retained firefighters needed in Devon

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  • October 7, 2011
Retained firefighters are urgently needed in Devon or crews could be delayed in reaching some incidents, the fire service said. There are 75 vacancies in the county, with south Devon needing the most, said Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue. If recr...

Locharbriggs block of flats blaze duo jailed

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  • October 7, 2011
Two men who set fire to a pile of papers in a block of flats in south west Scotland have been jailed for three years each. The blaze at Burntscarthgreen in Locharbriggs near Dumfries caused damage costing about £10,000 to repair. Peter Murray, 2...

Man dies in car fire in Wellesbourne

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  • October 7, 2011
A man in his 20s died after the car he was driving left the road and caught fire in Warwickshire. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the A429 in Wellesbourne at about 21:00 BST on Thursday. They found the Rena...

Woman in 80s saved from Haywards Heath flat fire

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  • October 7, 2011
A woman in her 80s has been taken to hospital after being rescued from a fire at her flat in West Sussex. Three fire crews were sent to the flats in Barnard Gate, Haywards Heath, at 06:18 BST on Friday after an upstairs neighbour raised the alarm. Fi...

Newry: Man dies after being overcome by pan smoke

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  • October 7, 2011
A man has died after being overcome by smoke when a saucepan overheated at his home in Newry. Firefighters were called to the house in High Street on Thursday evening by neighbours after a smoke alarm went off. It is understood fire officers found no...

Scrapyard fire in Nantwich brought under control

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  • October 7, 2011
Firefighters have brought a large fire at a scrapyard in Nantwich under control. Emergency crews were called at 05:40 BST on Friday to the Alveston Business Park near the Sainsbury's supermarket. Parts of the A500 Nantwich bypass, Middlewich Road and...

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