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Dog 'accidentally turned on the hob'

A fire is thought to have started after a dog accidentally turned on the hob in a Dartford home yesterday afternoon. Two fire engines from Dartford were sent to the two-storey house in Willow Road at 12.13pm after the homeowner called 999.

Firefighters discovered that the homeowner had been doing some laundry and had left the next load on top of the hob. She then went to collect her daughter from nursery and returned to find smoke coming out of her house.

Just three breaths of fire smoke can knock you unconscious so don’t put yourself at risk by stopping to investigate the fire or to collect pets or valuables. Just tell the fire crews when they arrive – we’ll be able to find them quicker and more safely than you. The safest option is to make sure cookers and other appliances are always fully switched off after use and never store items around ovens and hobs.

– Bob Chilmaid, Dartford Watch Manager

The fire destroyed 20% of the kitchen and caused smoke damage throughout the house. To get fire safety advice click here.

Shock after burglars kill dog

A dog has been killed during a burglary at a house in Ropley, near Winchester.

The one-year-old Border Collie called Red was chained to a kennel outside when the offenders hit her on the head with a heavy object.

The incident happened in Gilbert Street sometime between 9.30pm on November 22 and 8am on November 23.

Red was found by a family member the following morning. She was taken to the vet where she was destroyed due to the extent of her injuries.

PC Emma Purser, of Hampshire Police, said: “The family are devastated by the loss of their

much loved family pet. She had been bred by the owner and was expected to eventually be put to work on the family farm.p.

“It appears they have injured Red....then left empty handed."

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Dexter the dog rescued after 30 foot quarry fall

Dexter fell 30 feet into the quarry Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

A specialist fire team have rescued a dog which fell 30 feet into a quarry in Kent.

Jason Ensinger was walking Dexter, a three-year-old cross breed, when the much-loved pet ran under a fence and slid 30 foot down the quarry. He became stuck on a ledge, approximately 50 feet from the bottom.

A specialist line team from Kent Fire and Rescue were called in to rescue him.

A specialist line team descend into the quarry Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

Station Manager Dean Firmin explained what happened next: "Wearing a harness, a firefighter was lowered down but he then had trouble trying to get the dog and it was becoming increasingly anxious and was trying to escape so we were starting to worry that it could fall off the ledge.

"Following a suggestion by Jason, we then gave him a harness and clipped him onto our firefighter; making sure they were both safely attached, they then went down to the ledge. Fortunately this time, the dog was happy to go to his owner and he was successfully brought back to safety.

The line rescue team are specially trained and equipped to deal with this sort of rescue and we're pleased we were able to help."

Dexter stranded in the quarry Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

Jason said: "We can't thank them enough as Dexter is more than a family pet, he's like a child to us and we were so frightened for him, especially as he became more scared and started trying to run around on the ledge.

"The fire crews were fantastic and I know people would say 'what's the fuss, he's just a pet?' but he's more than that and we're so very thankful that they managed to help."

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Man to appear in court following dog attacks

A 21-year-old man has been charged following a dog attack which left 10 people needing hospital treatment.

Spencer Brown, 21, of Marline Road, St Leonards, Hastings, is charged with six counts of owning a dog dangerously out of control in a public place in Marline Road on July 22.

He is also charged with possession of cannabis on the same day and owning a dog dangerously out of control in a private place on May 16.

He is set to appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court later today.

Another man, aged 22, who was arrested at the scene on Sunday has been released without a charge.

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