Runcorn gas blast flats left 'uninhabitable'

Scene of the blast in Richard Close Most of the occupants were moved to a nearby community centre

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Seventeen properties damaged in a gas blast at a block of flats in Runcorn have been left uninhabitable.

Thirty-six properties on Richard Close, Castlefield, were evacuated after the blast on 24 March, which police said was caused by a copper piping theft.

Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT), which manages the flats, said tenants from 19 properties could return by Wednesday.

But the remainder of residents will not be able to return and are in the process of being rehoused.

The trust said it was working with other agencies and Halton Borough Council to find alternative homes for those affected.

Andy Williams, LHT's director of neighbourhood services said: "This has been such a difficult time for our residents and the families involved and I would like to thank them for their patience and co-operation.

"We're delighted many of them will be able to return to their homes this week while those who are unable to return are being offered permanent accommodation in the area either with LHT or by our colleagues in local housing associations to which we are grateful."

Cheshire Police are continuing to investigate the theft of the copper piping and have appealed for witnesses.

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