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Giuseppe Michael Calvert jailed for family home arson

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  • May 31, 2013
A teenager who set fires at a family home where three children were asleep has been jailed for three years. Mold Crown Court heard Giuseppe Michael Calvert, 19, had been out of prison for just three weeks when he burnt the garage and tried to burn th...

Fatal flat fire in Deptford treated as murder

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  • May 30, 2013
The death of an elderly woman in a flat fire is being treated as murder. Giuseppina Fazzani, 82, died in the blaze on Deptford High Street in Deptford, south-east London, in the early hours of Wednesday. Police said there was evidence an accelerant w...

Teenager rescued after 160ft cliff fall in Bristol

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  • May 30, 2013
A teenager suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder after falling 160ft (50m) down a cliff in Bristol. The 15-year-old boy, who had been playing with friends, fell from the cliff near Vicarage Road in Hanham at about 20:30 BST on Wednesday. He was tr...

South Yorkshire advertises for strike firefighters

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  • May 30, 2013
A fire service has advertised in newspapers for "contingency fire crew" ahead of a possible national strike this summer. South Yorkshire Fire Service (SYFS) said the move was in case of a strike by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). John Roberts, from SY...

Devon and Somerset Fire crews deal with 'a chimney blaze a day'

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  • May 30, 2013
Fire crews in Devon and Somerset have been called out to at least one chimney fire a day, managers have said. Devon and Somerset Fire Service dealt with more than 40 fires in May, a rise of 25% on last year. Fire investigation officer Mike Burrows sa...

House in Tinsley, Sheffield, destroyed by 'gas blast'

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  • May 29, 2013
A house has been destroyed and two more badly damaged in a suspected gas explosion in Sheffield. The blast was reported at the mid-terrace property at 09:05 BST in Dundas Road, Tinsley, South Yorkshire Fire Service said. A 150m (490ft) cordon has bee...

Woman's death triggers evacuation over gas leak fears

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  • May 29, 2013
A woman has died and neighbours have evacuated their homes after a suspected gas leak in the Scottish Borders. The emergency services were called to Fairhurst Drive in Hawick at 13:15 to help a 79-year-old woman who was suffering from a medical condi...

Sharkey fire deaths: Accused 'shown on Crimewatch film'

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  • May 29, 2013
A jury has heard that a figure shown on CCTV footage on the BBC's Crimewatch programme resembled a man accused of murdering three people in a house fire. George Murray, 58, told the High Court in Glasgow that when he saw the footage he realised the p...

Tender process under way for renovation of Houses of Parliament

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  • May 29, 2013
Parliament has begun a tender process for the renovation of the historic Palace of Westminster. The building suffers from flooding, has outdated electrical and drainage infrastructure, is full of asbestos and has fire safety issues. One of the option...

Hoax calls down by almost half over two years

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  • May 29, 2013
The number of hoax calls made to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue has almost halved over two years. In 2012 the service dealt with 144 hoax callouts at a cost of £63,000, compared with 260 in 2011, totalling £137,000. Paul Slaven from the service...

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