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Norfolk PCC Stephen Bett discusses 'blue light' mergers

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  • August 28, 2013
A proposal for closer links between "blue light" services to cut costs has been discussed by Norfolk's police and crime commissioner, the government and fire chiefs. Stephen Bett said he was happy to look for a way to help emergency services to work ...

Assisted suicide attempt charge over burning man

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  • August 28, 2013
A man has been charged with assisted attempted suicide over an incident in which a man was found on fire by police in May. Kevin Howe, 19, is alleged to have provided the man, who suffered severe burns, with the means to set himself on fire in Bishop...

Passengers evacuate smoking train in south-east London

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  • August 28, 2013
Passengers were forced to evacuate a smoking train at a south-east London station. The Southeastern service from Gravesend to Charing Cross came to a standstill halfway into the platform at Hither Green railway station at 07:56 BST. Passenger Andrew ...

Alarm warning after Gateshead flat fire death

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  • August 28, 2013
Firefighters have stressed the need for working smoke alarms after a man died in a fire in his flat. The 48-year-old was found in the living room of the first floor flat in Dunston, Gateshead, late on Saturday night. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Ser...

Middleton grandmother saves toddler after arson attack

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  • August 27, 2013
A three-year-old girl was rescued by her grandmother after arsonists started a fire through the letterbox at the woman's Greater Manchester home. The 42-year-old woman was woken by smoke alarms after the blaze started at the house in Great Arbor Way,...

Royal Wootton Bassett Cross Keys pub fire 'an accident'

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  • August 27, 2013
A fire which destroyed part of a pub where bereaved families gathered for the repatriation of fallen servicemen and women started accidentally, an investigation has revealed. The roof of the Cross Keys pub in Royal Wootton Bassett caught fire in July...

California Rim Fire showers ash on reservoir

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  • August 27, 2013
A huge fire in and around California's Yosemite National Park has continued to spread and now covers almost 230 sq miles (600 sq km), officials say. The Rim Fire is now raining ash on a key reservoir that supplies water and hydro-electric power to Sa...

Yosemite boundary burns in California Rim Fire

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  • August 26, 2013
Firefighters in California are struggling to gain control of a huge wildfire which has reached the edge of Yosemite National Park. The Rim Fire covers nearly 234 sq miles (606 sq km) and threatens a major reservoir serving San Francisco. The fire is ...

Two women rescued from fire at Eyres Monsell bungalow

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  • August 26, 2013
Two women have been rescued as a fire and two explosions damaged a home in Leicestershire. The fire broke out at a bungalow on Benscliffe Gardens in Eyres Monsell, the fire service said. As crews tackled the blaze there were two explosions, thought t...

Firefighters tackle Devon oil tank blaze

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  • August 26, 2013
Firefighters have tackled a blaze after several oil tanks caught fire in Kingsbridge, Devon. Thirty firefighters from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service dealt with the blaze at West Alvington. The domestic heating oil tanks containing 2,000 l...

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