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Water firm faces multi-million pound compensation bill

The first compensation letters go out later Credit: pa

United Utilities faces paying around £15 million pounds in compensation to
households in Lancashire affected by the outbreak of a parasitic bug in supplies.

The company said that cheques for payments ranging from £50 to £60 were starting to be sent out to 300,000 households.

Homes and businesses in parts of the county were first warned to boil their water before use on August 6 after traces of the microbial parasite cryptosporidium was found in a water treatment works in Preston.


Man dies after crashing into primary school

Highfield Primary School Credit: Google

A man has died after crashing into a fence at a primary school in Bolton. Police were called to Marsh Lane just before 3am after reports a car had collided with a fence at Highfield primary school.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers say it could cause disruption for pupils today.

Hollywood gets ready to light up Blackpool

Tim Burton Credit: PA

The Blackpool illuminations will be switched on tonight. Hollywood director Tim Burton will do the honours after a star studded concert.

The star, who brought films such as Edward Scissorhands, and Beetlejuice to the big screen, is a long-time fan of the town.

In addition, the Blackpool iFest will continue on Switch-On night, with acts such as The Vamps and Professor Green. The lights will shine until November.Find out exactly what is going on and when here.


Firefighters tackle fire in Liverpool's Concert Square

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