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Smoke alarm link 'might have saved' Alfred Hodges, inquest hears

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  • December 3, 2013
A pensioner might have been saved if his smoke alarm had been linked to a central operator, an inquest has heard. Alfred Hodges, 97, from Llanrwst, died in June from carbon monoxide poisoning following a fire started by a toaster. An inquest in Lland...

Merseyside fire station merger to cost 88 jobs

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  • December 3, 2013
Fire stations in St Helens, Knowsley and Wirral could merge with the loss of 88 firefighter jobs. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority approved the changes at a meeting. Six stations will merge into three and the service claims it will lose the jobs ...

Desertcreat police, fire and prison college moves closer

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  • December 3, 2013
The long-awaited £130m police, fire and prison training college project in County Tyrone has moved a step closer with the appointment of a contractor. It will be built by a consortium comprising of Belfast company Gilbert Ash and Spanish firm FCC. T...

Tassagh: Smith brothers guilty of double manslaughter

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  • December 3, 2013
Four brothers have been found guilty of the manslaughter of a couple seven years ago, but cleared of their murder. Niall, Martin, Christopher and Stephen Smith killed Thomas O'Hare and Lisa McClatchey at the couple's home near Tassagh, County Armagh,...

Wareham's volunteer firefighters under pressure

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  • December 3, 2013
Retained firefighters in parts of Dorset are "under pressure" because of staff shortages, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service has said. There are half the number of on-call firefighters needed at the service's retained fire station in Wareham. Deputy area...

Tassagh Smith brothers case: a night of shocking violence

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  • December 3, 2013
To walk into the shell of the little house at Foley Road, Tassagh, that once was home to Thomas O'Hare and Lisa McClatchey is to enter a world strangely frozen in time. Scattered across the bed in the relatively unscathed main bedroom are tapes and C...

Body found in fire damaged house in Leicester

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  • December 3, 2013
A man's body has been found at a fire-damaged house in Leicester. Leicestershire Police were called to the property in Aylestone Lane, at about 17:00 GMT on Monday. The police, the fire service and a pathologist are still at the building to find out ...

Former Grampian fire head David Dalziel claims new chief wanted him to quit

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  • December 3, 2013
The former head of Grampian Fire Service has told a tribunal that the new Scottish chief wanted him to quit. David Dalziel said Alasdair Hay told him in a letter that "how he left the service was in his control". Mr Dalziel, 62, held the Grampian pos...

Woman hurt in Falkirk flat fire

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  • December 3, 2013
A woman has been injured in a fire which broke out at a high-rise block of flats in Falkirk. Fire crews rescued the woman form her smoke-filled flat shortly before midnight on Monday. She was given first aid by emergency services at the scene. The Sc...

Japan diplomat held over fire at Kinshasa embassy

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  • December 3, 2013
A diplomat at the Japanese embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fire at the mission. Shinya Yamada, 30, was held in Tokyo over claims he embezzled funds and set the blaze in June to destroy evid...

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