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Paramedic dies after being hit by ambulance

The paramedic had worked for the Scottish Ambulance Service for 23 years. Credit: PA

A paramedic has died after being hit by an ambulance in her station car park.

Alison Smith, 51, was struck by a vehicle at the Scottish Ambulance Service station in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire on Tuesday.

She was taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries but later died.

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: "Everyone in the service is devastated by the loss of Ambulance Paramedic Alison Smith, who was a dedicated professional with 23 years service.

"She will be sadly missed by all and our heartfelt sympathies go out to her family, friends and colleagues."

Snow globe causes Christmas fire at charity shop

A fire in the window of a charity shop on Christmas morning was caused by sunlight refracting through a snow globe.

The sun's rays ignited fake reindeer food and snow on display in the window of the shop in Bournemouth, Dorset.

The fire service have warned people about the potential dangers of snow globes. Credit: DPA/PA

Occupants of neighbouring properties were advised to evacuate and firefighters put the flames out within 10 minutes of arriving on the scene.

A fire service spokesman said:

At the risk of sounding like a Christmas tale, the cause of the fire was believed to be sun refracting through a snow globe.

There was severe fire damage to the shop window display, heat damage to the window and severe smoke damage to the entire shop.

– Fire service spokesman

The fire service was also warning members of the public to be vigilant if they have snow globes in their own homes.

Fire investigators say these types of incidents are rare, but are possible, especially with the sun lower in the sky.

Consideration should be given to the possibility that this could happen in your homes, particularly with shaving type mirrors which can focus the suns rays and cause fires.

– Fire service spokesman

George Bush Snr 'doing well' in hospital

Former President Bush has been in hospital since Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

Former US President George Bush Snr remains hospitalised near his home in Houston after experiencing shortness of breath this week but is "doing well", his spokesman said.

Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday.

Spokesman Jim McGrath said yesterday that the 41st president's prognosis was positive and that he remained hospitalised as a precaution.

The former Republican president suffers from Parkinson's disease and cannot use his legs, but he celebrated his 90th birthday in June by skydiving with a US Army parachute team.

Jenna Coleman sticking with Doctor Who

Jenna Coleman has played Clara Oswald in Doctor Who since 2012. Credit: PA

Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman has revealed she will stay with the show for another series - putting an end to rumours she was set to quit.

The actress, who made her first appearance in the long-running science-fiction show in 2012, has starred alongside two doctors in Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.

Coleman said she was happy to be filming another series as Clara Oswald:

I couldn't walk away with the story being unresolved and there is so much more to do. I think they've finally just reached a point where they really understand each other.

The arrival of the 12th doctor has just kind of dropped this whole bombshell and allowed the dynamic to totally change, so I think just when Clara was feeling more comfortable in the relationship, it has suddenly thrown something new up.

– Jenna Coleman

Fans of the show were kept guessing by the Christmas Day special, which hinted her character was on her way out before revealing she was set to stay.

Capaldi, who became the 12th Time Lord last year, said he was "excited and delighted" that she had signed up for another stint as his companion.


Family of Jordanian pilot make plea for his release

The family of a Jordanian pilot captured in Syria by Islamic State militants have appealed for his release.

Flight Lieutenant Moaz Youssef al-Kasasbeh's plane came down yesterday while on a coalition bombing mission targetting IS fighters.

There has been no contact with his captors since he was taken.

ITV News' Duncan Golestani reports.

Briton killed in Ethiopia 'shooting accident'

Bahir Dar is located about 300 miles north of the capital Addis Adaba. Credit: Google Maps

The Foreign Office has confirmed that a British national has died in Ethiopia following reports of an "accidental" shooting in the city of Bahir Dar.

AFP, citing a government spokesman, reported that a 47-year-old British tourist was killed in a church in the northwestern city after a man accidentally discharged an "old rifle".

The Foreign Office made no other comment except to say it was "providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time”.

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