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Eighteen die in India road crash

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  • May 31, 2012
Eighteen people were killed when a passenger bus crashed into a truck in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The accident took place in the Lakahooti area when the bus collided with a truck carrying people returning from a funeral early on Thursday. Ind...

South Yorkshire firefighters suspend industrial action ballot for talks

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  • May 31, 2012
A ballot for industrial action by firefighters in South Yorkshire has been suspended after union bosses and the fire service agreed to talks. The Fire Brigades' Union (FBU) had given seven days' notice of industrial action short of a strike. It wants...

East Midlands fire control centre 'must be sold quickly'

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  • May 31, 2012
An unused £14m fire control centre in Leicestershire should be sold off as quickly as possible, an MP has said. The building at Castle Donington in Leicestershire, designed to serve the East Midlands, was finished in 2007 but has only now been put u...

Derby fire deaths: Mick and Mairead Philpott charged

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  • May 31, 2012
The parents of six children who died in a house fire in Derby have been charged with their murders and are due to appear before magistrates later. Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, died in the hous...

East Sussex fire course 'helping teenagers'

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  • May 31, 2012
Teenagers who have had problems at school or with police and are at risk of getting into serious trouble have said a course run by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has helped them to turn their lives around. The week-long programme was originally ...

Derby fire deaths: Mick and Mairead Philpott charged

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  • May 30, 2012
The parents of six children who died in a house fire in Derby have been charged with their murders. Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jessie, six and Jayden, five, died in the house fire on Victory Road on 11 May. Another broth...

Cleveleys care home death woman's bed set alight in 'dreadful act'

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  • May 30, 2012
A 96-year-old woman was unlawfully killed in a care home when her bed was deliberately set alight in a "dreadful act", a coroner has ruled. Edith Stuart died in hospital after the blaze at Cleveleys Park Rest Home in Lancashire, on 18 October 2010. T...

Wales sprinkler law 'despite not being cost effective'

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  • May 30, 2012
The Welsh government is to press ahead with its policy of fire sprinkers in all new homes from 2013, despite being told that it is not cost effective. Ministers commissioned expert analysis of the policy, which found that it would cost £6.7m per lif...

Warwickshire fire: 'Support has been truly humbling'

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  • May 30, 2012
Two senior fire officers have been found not guilty of the manslaughter of four colleagues who died tackling a blaze at a Warwickshire warehouse. Incident commanders Timothy Woodward, 51, and Adrian Ashley, 45, were charged after the Atherstone-on-St...

Atherstone fire police probe 'took wrong turn'

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  • May 30, 2012
Graeme Smith, chief fire officer for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, gave a statement outside court following the verdicts. "I'm not surprised the three incident commanders have all been acquitted, I expected nothing less. "It was crystal clear...

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