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Fire staff on long-term mental health leave up by 30%

September 16, 2017 10:38 pm0 comments
Fire staff on long-term mental health leave up by 30%

The number of UK fire and rescue staff taking long-term sick leave due to mental illness has risen by nearly a third over the last six years, figures show. In London, fire staff taking mental health leave has doubled since 2011-12. Some 103 London fire staff have taken mental health […]

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Grenfell Tower fire: First public inquiry hearing to open

September 13, 2017 11:58 pm0 comments
Grenfell Tower fire: First public inquiry hearing to open

A public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed at least 80 people in June, officially opens later. It will examine the cause and spread of the fire, high-rise regulations, and the actions of the local authority. The head of the investigation, judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick, will give a […]

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Grenfell fire chief calls for sprinklers in tower blocks

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Grenfell fire chief calls for sprinklers in tower blocks

London’s fire commissioner says the Grenfell Tower blaze must be a “turning point”, calling for sprinklers in all high-rise council flats. At least 80 people died when fire engulfed the west London block in June. A BBC Breakfast investigation which focused on half the UK’s council and housing association-owned tower […]

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Trump under fire for response to far-right

August 13, 2017 3:50 am0 comments
Trump under fire for response to far-right

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump is facing criticism for his response to the violence at a white supremacist rally. A woman was killed and 19 people injured when a car ploughed into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr Trump condemned violence by […]

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US warns of fidget spinner fire and choking hazards

August 12, 2017 4:22 am0 comments
US warns of fidget spinner fire and choking hazards

A US government body has released safety guidance for battery-operated fidget spinners, following incidents of the toys catching fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising people to avoid charging the toys, some of which are Bluetooth-enabled, overnight. Children of all ages are also warned not to put […]

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US firm reveals gun-toting drone that can fire in mid-air

August 11, 2017 4:40 pm0 comments
US firm reveals gun-toting drone that can fire in mid-air

A US technology firm has developed a drone that is able to aim and fire at enemies while flying in mid-air. The Tikad drone, developed by Duke Robotics, is armed with a machine-gun and a grenade launcher. The gun can be fired only by remote control, and is designed to […]

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Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks 'fail new fire test'

July 27, 2017 11:56 pm0 comments
Grenfell Tower: Sixty blocks 'fail new fire test'

Cladding and insulation used in at least 60 tower blocks has failed a new fire safety test, the BBC understands. The test was more thorough than previous checks after the Grenfell Tower fire, which just examined cladding from high-rise buildings. The new test checked the cladding in combination with the […]

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Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

July 19, 2017 4:05 pm0 comments
Grenfell Tower fire: New council leader heckled by public

Media playback is unsupported on your device The newly elected leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council has been booed and heckled amid continuing anger over the Grenfell Tower fire. Protesters shouted “resign” and “shame on you” as Elizabeth Campbell was made council leader at a public meeting. The councillor said […]

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London acid attacks: It felt like fire, says victim

July 15, 2017 6:24 am0 comments
London acid attacks: It felt like fire, says victim

Media playback is unsupported on your device The victim of an acid attack has said it felt like fire had been thrown at him when two moped riders pulled up alongside him and threw a corrosive substance in his face. Jabed Hussain, 32, was one of five people attacked during […]

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Grenfell fire: Police say 255 people survived the blaze

July 10, 2017 8:45 am0 comments
Grenfell fire: Police say 255 people survived the blaze

The Metropolitan Police believe there were about 255 survivors from last month’s fire at Grenfell Tower. Police say “extensive investigations” led them to conclude 350 people should have been in the Kensington tower block on the night of the blaze on 14 June. That night, 14 residents were not in […]

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