South Western Ambulance Service ‘failed’ on 111 call handling

The South Western Ambulance Service has "failed to deliver the performance required" in answering weekend calls to the South West NHS 111 number, its chief executive has admitted. In one week alone nearly 900 people seeking non-emergency advice in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset or Somerset abandoned their calls. Read the rest of this entry »

Biker dies after crash on A9 in Perthshire

A biker has died after a collision with a car on the A9 in Perthshire which has closed the road in both directions. Police said the accident happened on the southbound carriageway of the Perth to Inverness road, near the House of Bruar, at about 11:45. Read the rest of this entry »

Woman dies in three-car crash near Stewarton

A 52-year-old woman has died and an 18-year-old man is in a critical condition following a crash in East Ayrshire. The accident happened on the B769 near Stewarton at about 18:35 on Sunday. The crash involved a southbound Vauxhall Corsa and a northbound Peugeot 206. A Fiat 500 travelling behind the Corsa overturned as the driver tried to avoid the collision. Read the rest of this entry »

Huge fire on Leeds industrial estate

A huge fire on an industrial estate in Leeds has sent flames and a large plume of smoke up over the city. The fire at Tradpak, a packaging and recycling firm in Albion Way in the Armley area, began at about 01:50 and is being tackled by 15 fire engines. People in the city centre area have been warned to keep windows and doors closed because of potentially hazardous chemicals on the site. Read the rest of this entry »

Flood protection restored for thousands across England

Flood protection has been restored to more than 100,000 properties in England left at risk after the wettest winter on record. The Environment Agency (EA) said that 350 flood defences and other protections have been repaired in England this year. EA chief executive Dr Paul Leinster said the work would provide "peace of mind" to many flood-hit residents. Read the rest of this entry »

Gibraltar fire disrupts online gambling industry

An explosion and fire on Gibraltar disrupted a number of online betting operations on Sunday. Most residents of the British territory were also left without power. Local media reported a generator at Waterport Power Station caught fire and exploded due to a mechanical failure. Read the rest of this entry »

21-year-old man dies after fall

A 21-year-old man has died following a fall near Mount Snowdon, police said. A spokesman for North Wales Police said the force received reports of a person who had fallen in the vicinity of Snowdon just after 5pm last night. Read the rest of this entry »

Boy, 7, ‘On Fire’ In Street: Petrol Involved

A seven-year-old boy is being treated for serious burns after reports that he was "on fire" in a city street. The child was hurt in the incident in Bedford Avenue, Aberdeen, at around 2pm on Good Friday. Petrol was involved, police said, and the boy was taken to Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Multiple casualties in M26 five-vehicle crash in Kent

The M26 was closed in both directions following a five-vehicle crash resulting in "multiple casualties". The Highways Agency said the crash, involving two cars, two lorries and a van, happened just before 09:40 BST on the westbound carriageway in Kent. Seven people were taken to hospital, some with serious injuries. The motorway was closed between junctions three and five. Read the rest of this entry »

London Marathon 2014: Man dies in hospital after collapse

A man who collapsed at the finish line of the London Marathon has died, organisers say. The 42-year-old received medical attention immediately after completing Sunday's race but died in hospital. A Virgin Money spokeswoman said: "The organisers of the Virgin Money London Marathon would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased." Read the rest of this entry »
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