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Hotelier describes horror at seeing landmark in flames

An Eastbourne hotelier has told ITV News that seeing uncontrollable flames engulf the arcades on the town's historic pier was "atrocious".

Sajaad Shah of the Savoy Court Hotel recorded footage of the fire services attending to the blaze and describes the scene at the seafront.

Police have meanwhile said the fire is not believed to be suspicious at this time.

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HSBC closes Bolton charity's bank account

A Bolton-based Muslim charity has accused a bank of putting lives at risk for shutting down its account.

The Ummah Welfare Trust has distributed 70 million pounds to projects in 20 countries. And it's had a presence in Gaza for the past 10 years.

But the charity has now received a letter from the HSBC to tell them their account is being closed for being beyond the bank's "risk appetite".

Mohammad Ahmad is from the charity.

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High winds hamper efforts to tackle Eastbourne Pier

Firefighters have said their efforts to battle a major blaze on Eastbourne Pier is being hampered by high winds.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said crews are making "reasonable progress" in attacking the fire from the "coastal side of the building, from the beach and from underneath the Pier".

Holidaymakers and locals watch on as fire crews tackle the blaze on Eastbourne Pier.
Holidaymakers and locals watch on as fire crews tackle the blaze on Eastbourne Pier. Credit: Danni Marshall

Fire crews are being assisted by the Coastguard, the RNLI and Sussex Police, while South East Coast Ambulance are also at the site.

Six killed moments before Israel's partial ceasefire

At least six Palestinians have been killed in a strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, according to local hospital officials.

A Palestinian women holders her grandson who medics say was wounded in an Israeli airstrike at a hospital in Khan Younis.
A Palestinian women holders her grandson who medics say was wounded in an Israeli airstrike at a hospital in Khan Younis. Credit: Reuters

The strike came just before the Israeli military declared a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire in parts of Gaza, which started at 3pm local time.

Read: At least 15 dead in strike in shopping area

Many children were injured in the attacks were taken to local hospital in Khan Younis.

A baby is treated for shrapnel wounds after being hit by an airstrike in Khan Younis
A baby is treated for shrapnel wounds after being hit by an airstrike in Khan Younis. Credit: Reuters

According to Palestinian officials, at least 1,331 Palestinians have been killed since the current round of fighting began on July 8. More than 7,100 Palestinians have been wounded.

Israel has lost 52 soldiers and three civilians.

A man holds his young son to be treated by medics in a hospital in Khan Younis
A man holds his young son to be treated by medics in a hospital in Khan Younis. Credit: Reuters

Read: UN calls of international community to act immediately to end the 'continuing carnage'

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Scudamore: 'Vanishing Spray benefited everyone'

The Premier League has announced it has decided to introduce “Vanishing Spray” for use in all matches in the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season.

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore
Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore Credit: PA

At the Premier League we are open to developments that enhance the competition and it was clear from watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that Vanishing Spray benefited referees, players, and all of those who watched the matches. Having witnessed that, and following consultation with our clubs and the PGMOL, we have decided to introduce it in the Barclays Premier League and look forward to having it in place for the 2014/15 season.

– Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore

Blaze engulfs arcades building on Eastbourne Pier

The major blaze on Eastbourne Pier has been captured in dramatic aerial footage.

Eastbourne Pier on fire
Fire has engulfed a two-story building on the historic Eastbourne Pier in East Sussex.
Eastbourne Pier on fire
The fire on the 1870s pier is believed to have occurred after wall panelling caught light in an arcades section.
Eastbourne Pier on fire
Thick plumes of smoke are pouring across the seafront.

Premier League confirms 'shaving foam' spray to be used this season

The Premier League has confirmed the vanishing spray that was dubbed the 'shaving foam' spray during this summer's World Cup will be used from the start of the football season.

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Read: Scudamore - 'Vanishing Spray benefited everyone'

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