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Devon And Somerset Fire And Rescue Service Facing 24% Budget Cuts

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is facing a 24 per cent cut in the funding that it receives from Central Government.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is facing budget cuts of 24 per cent, following the the confirmation of the Local Government Settlement by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Local Government Settlement outlines figures detailing how the central grant will be allocated to metropolitan and combined authorities in England.

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No-Smoking Policies - Request for Enforcement

Hotel owner John Humberstone has called for the introduction of fresh legislation to ensure no-smoking policies are more rigorously enforced, the BBC reports. The hotelier claims that a fire, which badly damaged the Alexandra Hotel in Llandudno, Conwy, was started by a guest smoking in a room.

The subsequent blaze resulted in part of the Grade II listed building's roof being lost. A number of ceilings fell down and lower floors also suffered water damage due to the incident. And Mr Humberstone believes that the difficulty of enforcing the hotel's no-smoking policy was partly to blame for the blaze, arguing that stricter measures are needed to reduce the risk of similar events occurring in the future.

In a bid to remove potential fire hazards, commercial buildings and non-domestic premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

Mosque Fire Treated as Suspicious

The Metropolitan Police are treating a blaze, which destroyed a north London Islamic centre, as "suspicious" after English Defence League graffiti was found daubed on the wall. Officers from the service's Counter-Terrorism Command are said to be leading an investigation to establish the cause of the fire, which resulted in the collapse of part of the two-storey building in Muswell Hill.

Emergency services were called to the scene early on Wednesday morning (June 5th), with eyewitnesses reportedly hearing loud noises before spotting the flames. Six fire engines and about 35 firefighters arrived to tackle the blaze, and Scotland Yard has said that police are looking into a potential link between the graffiti and the fire.

Time Out Fire Affects Latest Edition

Time Out London has been forced to delay the release of its latest edition following a warehouse fire that destroyed more than 225,000 copies of the magazine.

The publication revealed that 80,000 issues have been saved and will be distributed on Thursday (June 6th) - two days after the typical Tuesday delivery day - after a blaze ripped through the Bicester printing facility where it is produced.It is said that the blaze was started when a gas-powered forklift truck exploded on the industrial estate, with more than 45 firefighters being sent to the scene in order to tackle the flames. While the cause of the explosion is currently unknown, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reportedly undertaking a full investigation to establish why the incident occurred.

In a bid to remove potential fire hazards, commercial buildings and non-domestic premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. While the majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.