Emergency services launch rescue operation after goods lorry smashes into house in Fairlie, North Ayrshire

Woman killed and two men injured after goods lorry ploughs into home sparking major rescue operation55-year-old woman who lived in ground floor flat has died60-year-old man and 54-year-old driver taken to hospital Incident happened in Fairlie, North Ayrshire, at 1.45pm todayResources drafted in from across the west of Scotland By James Rush PUBLISHED: 17:24 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 19:03 GMT, 14 February 2013 A 55-year-old woman has died after a large goods vehicle ploughed into a house, Strathclyde Police have said. Police were called to Main Road in Fairlie, North Ayrshire, shortly before 2pm following reports of a lorry crashing into a house. A 55-year-old woman who lived in one of the ground floor flats, in the two-up, two-down property, died at the scene

Middle class tax crackdown as prosecutors vow to take FIVE times more evaders to court

Middle class tax crackdown as prosecutors vow to take FIVE times more evaders to court Chief prosecutor Keir Starmer is aiming for a fivefold increase in tax evasion cases that go to court He will warn tax evasion is not a 'victimless crime' and costs every family 769-a-yearHM Revenue and Customs steps up investigations into global firmsLabour warns against taking eye of global firms costing Treasury billions By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 12:25 GMT, 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:42 GMT, 22 January 2013 Middle earners who dodge tax will be targeted in a major crackdown by the Crown Prosecution Service. In a hard-hitting speech tonight, the Director of Public Prosecutions will condemn those who fail to pay their dues – from lawyers to plumbers.

Lightning strike sparks devastating blaze at school just months after 12m refit is completed following fire a decade earlier

Lightning strike sparks devastating blaze at school just three years after 12m refit is completed following arson attack Members of the public dialled 999 when they spotted flames at 7am More than 60 firefighters were still trying to tackle the blaze at 5pmSchool burned twelve years ago after an arsonist targeted a science lab | UPDATED: 17:37 GMT, 27 December 2012 A bolt of lightning is understood to have sparked a devastating fire which destroyed large parts of school today, just three years after it had undergone a 12million refit following an arson attack in 2000.

Americans pose by the Christmas tree with guns they got as gifts

Celebrating Christmas with a bang: Americans pose happily by the tree with guns they were given as gifts despite wake of deadly shootingsNumerous Americans take to social networking sites to display the guns they received as Christmas presents The AR-15 was used in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora Colorado, shootings as well as the deadly Christmas Eve ambush on Webster, New York, firefighters | UPDATED: 15:09 GMT, 26 December 2012 Santa Claus came to town – and he was packing heat – as numerous Americans were seen on social networks posing in front of their Christmas trees with the same assault rifle used by the gunmen in three recent bloody killings. Grinning from ear-to-ear, those who received AR-15 assault rifles took to sites like Twitter and Instagram, posting photos of themselves with their brand new toys. One Twitter user posted: 'I got just what I wanted.

China building collapse: Desperate search for survivors after six-storey residential building collapses in China

Desperate search for survivors after six-storey residential building collapses in China One woman pulled from the rubble later died at hospitalAt least one other trapped in the debrisFamilies complained of 'cracks' and were told to evacuate on the morning of the disaster | UPDATED: 18:39 GMT, 16 December 2012 A desperate rescue operation is ongoing in east China's Zhejiang Province after a six-storey building collapsed today. One woman has died in the accident, with at least one other woman believed to be buried in the rubble. It is unknown if she is alive at present

Grandfather, 57, sets himself on fire at home after amassing hidden debts of 150,000

Grandfather, 57, set fire to himself after amassing debts of more than 150,000 that he kept hidden from wife and children Former petrol station cashier Ibrahim Omar had '97% full thickness burning'Loans and credit cards were thought to be the reason behind his huge debtA blast in August shattered bedroom door and pushed out bedroom's walls | UPDATED: 15:38 GMT, 11 December 2012 A grandfather set fire to himself at home after amassing hidden debts of more than 150,000 and keeping them hidden from his wife of three decades, an inquest heard yesterday. Ibrahim Omar, 57, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, put family photos and other personal items in his daughter's car and left the car keys outside his house before setting himself alight indoors.

Sasago Tunnel Japan: Seven missing as highway tunnel caves in west of Tokyo while rescuers fear second collapse

Seven missing as highway tunnel caves in west of Tokyo while rescuers fear a second collapse Several burned bodies have reportedly been found among the rubbleVideo footage from cameras inside the tunnel show firefighters picking their way through cement roof panels that collapsed onto vehiclesThe cause of the Sasago Tunnel collapse in Japan is under investigation | UPDATED: 16:16 GMT, 2 December 2012 At least seven people are feared missing after parts of a major road tunnel collapsed west of Tokyo – trapping vehicles as smoke from a fire inside initially prevented rescuers from approaching. Several burned bodies have reportedly been found among the rubble at the Sasago Tunnel, around 50 miles outside the capital.

Emergency workers battle for four hours to rescue Chinese farmer stuck in mud after silt pit collapsed

Emergency workers battle for four hours to rescue Chinese farmer stuck in mud after silt pit collapsed | UPDATED: 21:19 GMT, 29 November 2012 A team of Chinese firefighters battled for four hours to save a man stuck waist-deep in a mud pit after trying to dig a well. Farmer Huang Changsheng was digging a water tank in his banana field in Zhongshan, Guangdong province when he began sinking into the wet soil.