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South Oxfordshire Fire

South Oxfordshire Fire

Hundreds of firefighters have been tackling three major blazes in South Oxfordshire, as police arrested a man on suspicion of arson.

The 47-year-old is being held in connection with the fires, including one that has devastated the South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council offices.

Twenty-seven fire crews were sent to separate infernos at a thatched home in Rokemarsh and a funeral parlour and the council offices in nearby village Crowmarsh Gifford – all reported within less than 10 minutes of each other, just after 3am.

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The fires took hold at three separate sites read more

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Hottest Day in History

Hottest Day in History

Hottest Day in History. The highest-ever temperature in Britain has been recorded, weather forecasters said.

Hottest Day in History A temperature of 37.4C (99.3F) was recorded at Heathrow around 1.30pm, the London Weather Centre said.

Provisional figures for the whole year reveal that it was the hottest for the UK in records dating back to 1910. read more

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MPs Vote To Ban Smoking In Cars With Children On Board

MPs Vote To Ban Smoking In Cars With Children On Board

MPs vote to ban smoking in cars with children on board. Police could soon be stopping motorists seen smoking with children on board after MPs approved the policy by a majority of 269.

Smoking in cars when children are present could soon be illegal after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the policy.

Coalition MPs, who were given a free vote, joined forces with Labour to approve the ban by 376 votes to 107 – a majority of 269. read more

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Shoppers Bagging Without Paying

Shoppers Bagging Without Paying

Shoppers Bagging Without Paying. One in five people has admitted to stealing items while going through a self-service supermarket checkout.

It accounts for more than £1.6bn worth of goods being taken from supermarkets each year, according to a survey.

The most common goods stolen through self-service checkouts were fruit and vegetables, followed by bread and cakes, sweets and toiletries. read more

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The search for Megan Roberts is extended

The search for Megan Roberts is extended

The search for Megan Roberts is extended. Police divers have extended their search for missing student Megan Roberts a week after she went missing at the end of a night out with friends in York.

Officers, who released two new pictures of the 20-year-old York St John University student, believe she “entered” the River Ouse while “affected by alcohol”. read more

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Living standards are unlikely to recover by 2015

Living standards are unlikely to recover by 2015

Living standards are unlikely to recover by 2015. Living standards are unlikely to have recovered to their pre-crash levels by the General Election in 2015, a think tank has warned.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that while the fall in household incomes has now probably come to a halt, living standards are “dramatically” down on where they were before the global financial crisis in 2008.

In its latest analysis, the IFS said families on low incomes could lose the most from the years of recession, with the prospect of fresh cuts to benefits and tax credits adding to the squeeze. read more

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