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Firefighters go on strike today

Firefighters are to go on strike, from this evening, for four days in a bitter ongoing row with the Government over pensions.

They're set to walk out from six o'clock this Hallowe'en evening, until next Tuesday. Contingency plans are in place. Managers say they've hired in contract staff to cover but this is one of the busiest weekends of the year with bonfires and firework displays.

Fire crews prepare to strike in a row over pensions Credit: ITV Meridian

He wanted the women "put down": Sentencing today of John Lowe

A man found guilty of murdering his partner and her daughter is due to be sentenced today.

John Lowe, who's eighty two, denied the murders and a firearms charge, claiming the deaths of Christine and Lucy Lee at his puppy farm in Tilford near Farnham were a "terrible accident".

But jurors at Guildford Crown Court heard he wanted the women "put down".

John Lowe Credit: ITV Meridian

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In for a treat: You don't need to wrap up today!

We're in for a treat today .... and the warmest Hallowe'en on record. Temperatures are expected to reach twenty one degrees today - eight degrees higher than average.

Hallowe'en Credit: PA Images

The Met Office says the last time the temperature was this high - at this time of year - was in Dartford, in Kent, in 1968. That was 20 degrees then.

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Two people arrested at care home near Reading

Thames Valley Police investigating a report of neglect in relation to a care home in Sonning Common have arrested two people. Officers attended Orchard Lodge in Baskerville Road this morning as part of their enquiries. A 62-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman from Reading were arrested on suspicion of wilful neglect and are currently in custody.

Thames Valley Police is liaising with Oxfordshire County in relation to safeguarding issues.

Det Insp Larry Johnson, from the Protecting Vulnerable People Investigation Unit, said: “Our primary focus today was to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of the residents. All of the residents were found to be safe and we have been working with the relevant authorities to ensure they have an appropriate place to stay.

“We treat all reports seriously and will investigate them. This investigation is still its early stages but we will keep the residents and their families informed.”

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Mother calls for the legalisation of drugs

The mother of a 15 year old school girl from Oxford who died after taking pure ecstasy is calling on the Government to legalise drugs. Martha Fernback collapsed and died after taking a substance called MDMA last year. It comes as a major parliamentary drugs debate took place today. Some MP's, including Brighton's Caroline Lucas, say drug laws should focus on treatment rather than punishment. This report from Tom Savvides includes interviews with Anne-Marie Cockburn, Caroline Lucas MP, Norman Baker MP and Maryon Stewart.

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