Northfield Manor House fire: Up to 100 firefighters tackle blaze

Up to 100 firefighters are tackling a fire at a former home of the Cadbury family in Birmingham. Twenty fire engines were sent to Northfield Manor House in Northfield after the fire service was alerted at about 20:05 BST. Specialist hydraulic platforms and a high-volume water pump were sent to the four-storey brick building. Read the rest of this entry »

North Sea fishermen rescued after nine hours at sea

Two fishermen were rescued after spending nine hours adrift on a life-raft when their boat sank in the North Sea. They had been fishing 12 miles (19km) off the coast of Sunderland when their vessel hit a submerged object and quickly sank, Humber Coastguard said. The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht at about 16:40 BST on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

Safe drug substitute users rise dramatically in Northern Ireland

The number of Northern Ireland patients using a service that provides safe and legal substitutes for drugs such as heroin has risen dramatically. The substitute prescribing service was set up in 2004 to help patients with addictions to opioid drugs. Since then, its patient numbers have increased by more than 200%, according to the Health and Social Care Board. The ultimate goal of the programme is to help drug users become totally detoxed. Read the rest of this entry »

Coleraine road crash: Four injured in two-car collision

Three men and a woman were taken to hospital after two cars crashed into a wall in Coleraine, County Londonderry. It happened on the Wheatsheaf Road at about 17:00 BST on Saturday. One of the vehicles involved was a police car. It is believed two police officers were among those treated in hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Shift work linked to diabetes risk

Medics, police officers and fire fighters could be at increased risk of developing diabetes, experts have said after new research linked s hift work to a heightened risk of being diagnosed with the condition. Compared to normal office hours, working shifts carries a 9% higher risk of developing diabetes, the study found. Read the rest of this entry »

RNLI warns of rise in coastal deaths

A total of 167 people lost their lives off the UK coastline last year - the highest number since 2010. There were also 368 "near misses" - lives saved by lifeboat crews and lifeguards - in 2013, the RNLI said. The charity is launching a drowning awareness campaign, called Respect the Water, to try to half the number of accidental coastal deaths by 2024. Read the rest of this entry »

Body of 13-Year-Old Boy Pulled From River Thames

Thames Valley Police searching for a missing 13-year-old boy believed to have got into difficulties in the River Thames at Marlow say they have recovered a body. Next of kin have been informed. Read the rest of this entry »

Teenagers rescued from Solway Firth

A warning about swimming in open water has been issued after two young girls had to be rescued after getting into difficulties in the Solway Firth. The girls - aged 12 and 16 - were pulled to safety by members of the Kippford Inshore Lifeboat. They got into difficulties near Rockcliffe on Monday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

Ambulance 999 timewasters ‘risk lives’

Calls about a man with a fly in his ear, a woman with a green potato and a child who drank from a dog's bowl are putting genuine emergencies at risk, the Welsh Ambulance Service has warned. It took more than 31,000 non-urgent calls via 999 in 2013/14, but only three resulted in hospital treatment. One woman dialled 999 after her gas boiler broke down, while another wanted advice after a row with her brother. Read the rest of this entry »

Quad biker dies at motocross race in Bwlchllan, Lampeter

A quad biker has died after being injured in a motocross race in Ceredigion. Dyfed-Powys Police say inquiries into what happened on Sunday are taking place but no-one else was injured. No other details have been given about the incident in the Bwlchllan area, near Lampeter, but the rider's family have been informed. Read the rest of this entry »
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