Lee Close fire: Toddler, three, loses his fight for life hours after house fire that killed two teenagers

Toddler, three, loses his fight for life hours after house fire that killed two teenagers Child suffered serious injuries during the blaze in Devon yesterday morningA 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man also in house died earlier today Emergency services arrived in Honiton shortly before 8am yesterday Police have said there was nothing to suggest fire was started deliberately By James Rush, Jill Reilly and Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 12:27 GMT, 6 April 2013 | UPDATED: 20:03 GMT, 6 April 2013 A three-year-old boy has died from serious injuries after a house fire which also killed two teenagers. Doctors were battling desperately to save the toddler's life at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol following yesterday's blaze in the Honiton area of Devon but he was pronounced dead this afternoon

Drunken "joker" left dangling over road for 90 minutes after bet with friends went wrong

Drunken 'joker' left dangling over road for 90 minutes after bet with friends went wrongLee Bassett clambered over bridge above passing cars for 'bit of a dare'He lowered himself down before asking a fellow drinker to pull him upBut his friend was too weak to haul 29-year-old back onto the bridgeAll three emergency services called out to rescue him at cost of 5,000 By Leon Watson PUBLISHED: 03:21 GMT, 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:47 GMT, 13 February 2013 A drunk prankster who dangled from a footbridge in a harness bringing traffic to a standstill had to be rescued at a cost to the taxpayer of nearly 5,000, a court heard. Lee Bassett, 29, clambered over the edge of the bridge above passing cars 'after a few jars' for 'a bit of a dare'

Crime falls at least 10% in half of police force areas despite stringent budget cuts

Crime plummets by as much as 22% in some areas DESPITE savage budget cuts Crime down by at least 10% in 19 of 43 force areas in England & WalesComes as police and government clash over cuts and 'Plebgate' affairCrime plummets by 22% in Nottinghamshire and 18% in Northumbria | UPDATED: 07:48 GMT, 31 December 2012 The rift between the Government and police is poised to deepen as crime continues to fall despite unprecedented cuts in officer numbers. Ministers seized on figures which reveal that crime has fallen steeply over the past two years across England and Wales. The number of recorded offences fell by at least 10 per cent in 19 out of 43 forces as budgets were slashed by an average of just under 10 per cent.

Lorry driven by lost Polishman wedged in Devon lane

Lorry driven by lost Polishman following sat-nav gets wedged in tiny Devon lane – and police can't shift it Articulated lorry got stuck after its driver followed sat-nav through lanes | UPDATED: 15:36 GMT, 19 December 2012 A huge lorry driven by a Polish man following his sat-nav has been wedged in a country lane since last night because rescuers cannot shift it. The Blue Man lorry and its empty trailer got stuck in the narrow Devon lane at 11.30pm yesterday on its way to Lee Moor, six miles away

Autumn Statement: Osborne"s big squeeze: 400,000 more workers to be snared in 40% tax trap

Osborne's big squeeze: 400,000 more workers to be snared in 40 per cent tax trapA record 4.5million could be paying the higher tax rate by the end of this Parliament Chancellor George Osborne announced that the point at which workers start paying higher-rate tax was to increase by one per cent a year. | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 5 December 2012 A record 4.5million workers could be paying higher-rate tax by the end of this Parliament. The number in the 40 per cent band is expected to rise from 3.8million today by another 400,000 over the next three years, the Treasury said yesterday

Two million acres of fields "may be lost" to tackle growing housing crisis

Two million acres of fields ‘may be lost’ to tackle growing housing crisisTold Newsnight that large areas of 'open land' may have to go Blamed developers making 'pig ugly' estates for growing objections to proposals | UPDATED: 08:25 GMT, 28 November 2012 Warning: Planning minister Nick Boles has said that the amount of developed land may increase by a third to ease the housing crisis Up to two million acres of green fields may have to be sacrificed for housing, the planning minister warned last night. In comments that will alarm conservationists, Nick Boles said the amount of developed land may have to increase by up to a third to tackle the growing housing crisis. He told BBC Two’s Newsnight that ministers would protect the Green Belt – but warned that large areas of ‘open land’ may have to be given over for housing.