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Fire alarms will be free.

Almost 60,000 homes in deprived areas of the North-East will be offered free smoke alarms and fire safety advice as part of a pounds 1m-plus fire prevention package for the region announced by Fire Safety Minister Phil Hope yesterday.

Priority will go to vulnerable people who, statistics show, are more at risk of house fires. The scheme is expected to cut fires, deaths and injuries in the home and aims to save more than 20 lives a year.

Missing target

BERWICK Borough Council is unlikely to meet Government targets for recycling waste within the next two years.

Officials have confirmed that the main reason is a failure to secure extra funding for additional bins for roadside collections from households in rural areas. The council is now taking advice.

Bus handover

STAFF at Miller Homes will tomorrow mark the culmination of a major fundraising drive when they hand over a minibus to the Portland special school in Sunderland.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2004
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