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Brigade concerns over lack of sprinklers in schools

Firefighters have not attended a single school or college fire in London this year where sprinklers were fitted, new figures have revealed.

London Fire Brigade said of the 57 educational establishments in London which had fires up until 25 July, none had automatic fire suppression systems (AFSS) fitted.

Between 2014 and July this year, only 2.3% - 13 - of the 565 so-called "school fires" had sprinklers.

The statistics cover blazes attended by fire crews at preschools and nurseries, infant and primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities, the brigade said.

It said it wanted sprinklers to be mandatory in all new school builds and for others to be fitted with them during major refurbishments.

Firefighter with a sprinkler
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Its deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety Charlie Pugsley said: "Sprinklers are the only fire safety system that detects a fire, suppresses a fire and can raise the alarm."

He added: "Millions of pounds are wasted every year repairing fire damage in London's schools when sprinklers could have prevented the spread of fire.

"This is not just about saving money; when a school is closed it disrupts a child's education, impacts on the local community and affects parents by closing breakfast and after school clubs."

The fire service said that sprinklers are especially important during the summer holidays when buildings are empty and fires can smolder undetected, causing "extensive and expensive" damage.

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Ex-homeless man paints pictures of rough sleepers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Andrew Mcleay
Andrew Mcleay

An ex-homeless man who paints rough sleepers on the streets has started selling his portraits, and using the proceeds to fund the soup kitchen he runs.

Andrew Mcleay found himself on the street in March 2008 after arriving from Australia.

Just over a decade later, he now organises the Ealing Soup Kitchen, and uses his love of painting to help fund his endeavours.

So far he has sold three of his portraits, getting £80-130 for each.

That might not sound like a huge amount, but it pays for about a month’s worth of supplies for the kitchen.

Each portrait has been bought by members of the public, and Andrew said using the money for anything other than supporting the homeless would feel wrong.

Andrew Mcleay

“I wouldn’t want to benefit from anyone’s dire situation, so I think it’s important that any proceeds I get from the paintings go back into the soup kitchen. The homeless are great because they’re generally happy to have their photos taken, and I just paint from that. As a painter generally it’s about trying to capture something that people don’t always see. It’s like trying to tell a story without any words."

Andrew Mcleay

Severe accident: A4204 London both ways

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A4204 London both ways severe accident, between A315 Kensington High Street and A402 Notting Hill Gate.

A4204 London - A4204 Kensington Church Street in Kensington blocked and it's heavy in both directions between the A315 Kensington High Street junction and the A402 Notting Hill Gate junction, because of an accident.

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