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Suspicious fire destroys Poole heathland

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  • July 17, 2013
A large fire which police say may have been started deliberately has damaged seven hectares of heathland in Dorset. Fire crews were called on Tuesday night and are still at the scene at Canford Road, near to Knighton Heath Golf Club, "damping down ho...

Manchester fire death: Arrested girls face no action

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  • July 17, 2013
No further action will be taken against two 15-year-old girls held after a fire which cost the life of a Manchester firefighter. Stephen Hunt, a 38-year-old father-of-two, died while tackling the fire at Paul's Hair World in Oldham Street on Saturday...

Leicester shisha cafe fire trial: Jury goes out

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  • July 17, 2013
The jury has gone out in the trial of a man accused of setting fire to a shisha cafe causing £100,000 worth of damage. Imtiyaz Patel, 28, is accused of starting the blaze which destroyed the Cloud 9 cafe in Curzon Street, Leicester, last October. Mr...

Passenger tells of 'almighty bang' as train hits tractor near Welshpool

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  • July 17, 2013
A passenger has spoken of an "almighty bang" and screams after a train hit a tractor on a level crossing in Powys. Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries and both drivers were left shaken after the collision near Welshpool. "Several pe...

Sharkey trial: Crown outlines case against accused

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  • July 17, 2013
The blaze which killed three members of the Sharkey family was set by Robert Jennings on the instructions of Scott Snowden, according to prosecutors. Advocate depute Alex Prentice has been giving his closing speech in the fire deaths murder trial. Mr...

Bristol dead man discovered 'in flames'

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  • July 17, 2013
A man who died in Bristol was found by paramedics "in flames", police said. The man, who was in his 40s, died at a property on Capgrave Crescent in Brislington in the early hours of Sunday. The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complai...

Fire union claims 'lives at risks' over Hampshire vehicle changes

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  • July 17, 2013
Plans to remove a specialist fire and rescue support vehicle from beside a Hampshire motorway is risking lives, the Fire Brigades Union has claimed. The Special Equipment Unit based at Winchester, used for dealing with car crashes and chemical spills...

Carl Mills trial: Defendant a 'compulsive, clever, wily liar'

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  • July 17, 2013
A father accused of murdering three generations of the same family in a house fire is a "compulsive, clever, wily liar", a court has been told. Carl Mills, 28, denies killing girlfriend Kayleigh Buckley, 17, their daughter Kimberley and grandmother K...

Police and fire services in Powys council shared building plan

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  • July 17, 2013
Major multi-million pound plans for new council offices on a shared site with police, ambulance and fire stations have been unveiled. Powys council wants to build a multi-agency base in Welshpool on the town's former swimming baths. The wider site co...

Chobham Common blaze suspected arson

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  • July 17, 2013
A suspected arson attack at a nature reserve has destroyed five acres (two hectares) of heathland. The fire at Chobham Common, off Staple Hill in Surrey, started at about 21:40 BST on Monday. The heathland is home to more than 300 plant species and i...

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