Alcan land bought by Crown Estate

Farmland around the former smelting plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland has been sold. The plant was mothballed in 2012. The 4500 acres of land around it has been bought by the Queen's property company, the Crown Estate.

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Eight job losses in Alcan sale

The estate has been managed by Alcan Farms Ltd since 1972 after the land was taken on by Rio Tinto as part of the development of the former Lynemouth aluminium smelter. It was put up for sale following the closure of the smelter in March 2012.

The eight Rio Tinto employees that work on the farm will be made redundant in June 2014.

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