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Brigade backs appeal to find donor for firefighter's son

Tommy Simpson has been in Great Ormond Street Hospital since Christmas. Credit: ITV News

The London Fire Brigade has backed an appeal to help find a stem cell donor for the four year old son of one of their firefighters.

Tommy Simpson, whose father works in Stratford, has been in Great Ormond Street Hospital since Christmas.

He has acute Myeloid Leukaemia but due to a lack of black Caribbean donors, his parents say its much harder to find a match.


London Fire Brigade's 12 days of Christmas

London Fire Brigade want to highlight time-wasting and non-emergency calls Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

A kitten with its head stuck in a bongo drum, a French man asking to translate a word and a swan swimming on a frozen lake are just three of the weird examples highlighted by the London Fire Brigade in a bid to drive down non-emergency calls and time-wasting.

Throughout the twelve days of Christmas the Brigade's twitter account will be sending out messages reminding people only to dial 999 in a genuine emergency.

In the past five years LFB has received 8,600 hoax calls, 1,543 instances of people stuck in everyday objects like toilet seats or furniture, and 2,868 calls to rescue animals. In these instances the London Fire Brigade says the RSPCA should be called instead.

The tweets will come with the hashtag #12DaysXmas, but despite the festive feel Director of Operations, Dave Brown said there was a serious reason behind the bizarre stories: "We are regularly called to deal with a lot of incidents which could be avoided. We want everyone to have a good Christmas, but remember that silly pranks and time wasting calls cost us time, money and resources."

Sixty firefighters tackle flames in block of flats

A fire engine on the scene in Kensington Credit: @LondonFire/Twitter

Around 60 firefighters are currently dealing with a fire on the fourth floor of a block in Kensington.

Crews were called earlier this morning to the building on Appleford Road.

The Fire Brigade tweeted that one flat on the fourth floor was alight.

This story will be updated as we get more details.

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