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Tap water across Lancashire declared safe after bug scare

Up to 300,000 homes were warned they should boil tap water. Credit: PA

All tap water in Lancashire has been declared safe to drink following an outbreak of a parasitic bug.

Up to 300,000 homes were warned they should boil tap water after traces of cryptosporidium were found in the water supply at the United Utilities treatment plant in Catterall.

On Sunday, United Utilities confirmed water supplies were now back to normal.

"The boiled water advice is now lifted across the whole of Lancashire and all customers can now use their water supply as normal for all activities including drinking, food preparation and brushing your teeth," a spokesman for the company said.

"We’d like to thank all of our customers for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We do realise how frustrating this has been for you."

United Utilities said compensation cheques should be issued to all affected residents and businesses by the end of September.

Boil water notice lifted for more homes in Lancashire

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A further 86,000 homes in Lancashire have been told they no longer need to boil water after an outbreak of a parasitic bug.

United Utilities lifted restrictions in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble following work to remove the cryptosporidium bug.

On Thursday, the notice was lifted for 80,000 homes in the region.

Some schools have been warned the notice may still be in place when pupils return from the summer holidays.

United Utilities said it has arranged for 174 schools to be supplied with bottled water while the notice is still in effect.

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Three teens spoken to by police after alpacas attacked

Police released CCTV footage of the attack. Credit: Lancashire Police

Three teenagers have been spoken to by police after plastic chairs and a wooden bench were hurled at two alpacas at a nursing home.

Lancashire Police said the three youths, two aged 17 and one aged 16, came forward after CCTV footage of the attack in Haslingden was released earlier this week.

Police said the trio had been referred on to the Youth Offending Team following the incident at the Danesmoor Nursing Home.

The alpacas were not seriously hurt in the attack and have been given a clean bill of health by vets.

Lancashire County Councillors reject fracking plans

Fracking work at the Little Plumpton site Credit: Peter Byrne / PA Wire

County councillors have rejected plans to frack for shale gas in Lancashire, according to reports.

Energy firm Cuadrilla wanted to undertake exploratory drilling and fracking at a site in Little Plumpton, between Preston and Blackpool.

Planning officials recommended approval of the operation subject to a number of conditions but the council's development control committee have rejected the advice and voted against it by 10 to four.

Members of the public stood up and applauded the decision as the motion was passed.

The Government has said it is going "all out for shale", and claims it the controversial procedure would create jobs and growth, as well as reducing energy prices and cutting the country's reliance on gas imports.

However opponents insist that the process, which pumps water underground to release gas trapped in shale rock, causes earthquakes, can pollute water supplies, and could lead to inappropriate development in the countryside.

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