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Death of 88-year-old woman in fire was 'tragic accident'

North Yorkshire Police said they were not treating the death of an 88-year-old woman in a house fire as suspicious.

The fire broke out on Saturday morning in a bungalow between the villages of Barningham and Newsham, near Richmond. The area is close to the border between North Yorkshire and County Durham.

The identity of the woman who died has not yet been released. Officers said her death seemed to be a tragic accident.

Foreign Office: UK strongly opposes the death penalty

The Foreign Office says it's recently made representations to the Indonesian Government about the death penalty. It is offering consular assistance to Lindsay Sandiford who is sentenced to death by firing squad in Bali.

“We continue to offer consular assistance to Lindsay Sandiford and her family at this difficult time. The UK strongly opposes the death penalty in all circumstances without exception. We have recently made representations about the death penalty to the Indonesian government, and we will continue to do so.”

– Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Man suffers head injuries in assault in Hartlepool

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 33-year-old man suffered significant head injuries in an assault in Hartlepool.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital after the assault, which took place on Tankerville Street at 9:15am.

A cordon has been put in place in the street while early investigations continue.

Drugs smuggler 'weeks from death by firing squad'

A British woman convicted of smuggling drugs onto the Indonesian island of Bali may only be weeks away from facing the firing squad, according to reports.

Lindsay Sandiford, 58, was convicted in December 2012 Credit: PA

Lindsay Sandiford, who is originally from Redcar, was given a death sentence after she was found smuggling cocaine worth £1.6m from Thailand.

A Sunday newspaper quotes her sister, Hilary Parsons, who said Sandiford is due to sign an official warrant formally confirming her death sentence tomorrow (Monday, 26th January). It could mean her death is imminent.

Indonesia's new President, Joko Widodo, is known to have a firm stance on foreign drug smugglers. In the last week, five other foreigners and an Indonesian national have been executed by firing squad.

Boris Johnson meets the Indonesian President Joko Widodo in November 2014 Credit: PA
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