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Was it arson? Investigation into huge bus depot fire

School bus routes were disrupted today after 20 coaches were destroyed in a huge fire at a bus depot in Sussex.

The cause of the blaze at the former Shoreham Cement Works on Steyning Road, Upper Beeding, is still being investigated.

It happened in the early hours of yesterday. A workshop has also been destroyed.

Arson has not been ruled out. Meanwhile 'Ace Travel' has lost its entire fleet. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Blaze engulfs block of flats in Kent

Fifteen fire engines are currently tackling a major blaze at a three storey block of flats in Kent.

The cause of the fire in Pollyfield Close, Snodland near Maidstone is not yet known.

More updates to follow.

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Calls to fit sprinklers in all schools a year after fire

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It has been a year since a fire ripped through Selsey Academy near Chichester and now there are calls for all schools to be fitted with sprinklers.

Since 2010, less than 40% of new build schools have had sprinkler systems installed.

Sussex Fire says the devices wouldn't have prevented the flames spreading at Selsey because the fire started on the roof.

As Chloe Oliver reports.

Chloe spoke to Tom Garfield, Headteacher at Selsey Academy and Maisie Rudkin from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

One year since Sussex school badly damaged by fire

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Today marks one year since a Sussex school was badly damaged by fire.

Over the last 12 months students have settled into a new purpose built temporary village on site.

Now year 11's are preparing to receive their GCSE results later this week.

Firefighters battle blaze at Hailsham industrial unit

Firefighters are still at the scene of a large blaze at an industrial unit in Hailsham.

The fire broke out at Diplocks Way just before 10pm yesterday after a number of repeated 999 calls.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking locals to keep doors and windows closed.

There are no reports of injuries.

The operation is expected to continue for some time.

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Public advised to avoid harbour after boat fire

The public are being advised to stay away from the immediate area of Ryde Harbour following a fire on board a 40ft Sunseeker speedboat earlier today.

Fire crews have been working to contain a quantity of diesel within the harbour, which has leaked from the vessel.

Anti-pollution booms are being used.

Council staff are on site to advise the public to keep away from the area of the harbour, both immediately onshore and offshore.

Harbour users are also being notified.

It is understood no one was injured in the fire on board the vessel, which has now been put out by firefighters.

The council is working with the owner of the speedboat to have it removed from the harbour area.

Loud explosions heard as boat on fire in marina

A speed boat is on fire at Ryde Harbour on the Isle of Wight.

Crews were called to the marina just after 1.30pm.

Witnesses describe hearing some loud explosions.

Two hedgehogs found set on fire on school field

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The bodies of two hedgehogs have been found inside a cardboard box where they had been deliberately set on fire.

Police were called to Mudeford Junior School in Christchurch by the fire service who had been alerted to a small blaze on the playing field.

Officers described it as an "horrific act of animal cruelty" and are checking all available CCTV for information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police,uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55170104072. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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The hedgehogs will have endured a painful and cruel death as we believe they would have been alive at the time."

"This was obviously a horrific act of animal cruelty and I am now appealing to anyone who may know who the culprits are or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time to contact Dorset Police."

– Police Constable Geoff Avey-Hebditch, Christchurch Police
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