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Row over contaminated pitch clean up

A cricket club in Cumbria, whose pitch was destroyed by flooding in June, has suffered another setback. The club, at Threlkeld near Keswick, has found out that the ground is contaminated by lead and arsenic from the flood water.

The clean up is now likely to take longer, be more expensive and there's an argument over who should pay the bill.

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Independent report shows cricket club contamination

Threlkeld cricket club's pitch is officially contaminated, according to a report commissioned by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The pitch, which was once named one of the prettiest clubs by cricket almanac Wisden, was destroyed by flooding and hundreds of tonnes of rubble last month.

The club estimates that the flooding and cost of the damage is about £100,000.

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