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Fatal Sheffield house fire 'caused by faulty charger'

A Sheffield house fire that killed three generations of the same family was most probably caused by a faulty charger, police have said.

A police officers at the scene of the fatal fire earlier this month. Credit: ITV Calendar

South Yorkshire Police said in a statement: "Following a joint investigation, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have found that the most probable cause of the fatal house fire in Wake Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, was an electrical fault involving a faulty charging device.

"However, the investigation continues on behalf of the coroner, and a full inquest into the deaths of the three children and two women will take place at a future date."

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Police watchdog considers Scargill's conspiracy claims

Arthur Scargill wants the IPCC to investigate claims there was a police conspiracy against him Credit: PA Wire

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it is "considering" a claim from Arthur Scargill that South Yorkshire Police kept a "conspiracy file" on him.

The former President of the National Union of Mineworkers says his arrest during the infamous 'Battle of Orgreave' in 1984 was pre-planned.

Scargill in Sheffield in 1984 during the height of the national miners' strikes Credit: PA Archive

Mr Scargill claims the decision to arrest him was made "at the very highest level".

Police officer injured in armed stand-off

A police officer has suffered a minor injury during a three-hour armed stand-off with a man brandishing an air weapon in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Police said a man in his early 20s was arrested after the weapon was discharged a number of times near Barnsley town centre. A spokesman said officers were called to an address in Cutty Lane at about 10.30pm yesterday.

Police said: "The firearm was discharged on a number of occasions while the man was contained on nearby School Street, with one officer sustaining a minor hand injury.

"Trained negotiators arrived at the scene and, just after 1.30am today, the man was arrested with nobody else injured."

No quick inquest for Hillsborough victim despite mother's plea

ITV Granada is reporting that the Attorney General Dominic Grieve has told Anne Williams, the mother of Hillsborough victim Kevin Williams, that he cannot speed up the process for a new inquest into his death, despite 10,000 people signing an e-petition for it to take place before she dies.

She was diagnosed with cancer last month.

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Hillsborough police accused of faking miners' strike evidence

South Yorkshire Police used fabricated evidence at the height of the miners' strike, according to a BBC documentary due to be broadcast tonight.

An Inside Out programme documentary has uncovered what appears to be evidence of collusion among the police force to change statements after the arrest of 95 miners during the so-called "Battle of Orgreave" in 1984. Former Solicitor General Vera Baird said:

You can’t get statements in the way they have been done here - by police officers from different forces involved in different arrests - and find such a degree of similarity between those statements without there being some degree of collusion.

John Mann MP is expected to make a call for an inquiry later today during the debate on the Hillsborough stadium disaster.

Ben Needham's grandfather and police at scene of search

Det Supt Matt Fenwick, of South Yorkshire Police, talks to the press in Kos. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police officers are searching farmland on the Greek island of Kos close to where Sheffield toddler Ben Needham went missing 21 years ago. Ben's grandfather, Eddie, is assisting the search.

Ben's grandfather Eddie with police at the scene of the toddler's disappearance in Kos. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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PM has made a 'huge difference' to Hillsborough campaign

Lord Falconer has said David Cameron has made a "huge difference" to the Hillsborough families' pursuit of justice.

"It is the failure of all previous governments that went before until the current Prime Minister responded so well in relation to the report that has made the difference," he said.

"So now you have a Government, led by a Prime Minister, saying, 'This is a huge injustice, let's sort it out' - and that makes a real difference."

Lord Falconer added that the Government's follow-up to that support is "absolutely critical".

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