Asbestos clean up at Mansfield arson school

A specialist team has begun to clear the site of a former Nottinghamshire school destroyed in an arson attack.

Dozens of firefighters tackled the blaze at the old Sherwood Hall School in Forest Town, Mansfield, on 4 April.

The site was sealed off soon after when it was confirmed the remains contained asbestos, which can give off dangerous dust.

After the ash is removed, the buildings will be demolished, with the process expected to take three months.

Screens were erected to stop ash being blown onto nearby properties and the school's playing fields, which are used by the neighbouring Samworth Academy, have been closed.

Mansfield District Council, which is monitoring the work, said the cost of the clean-up will be met by the site's owners.

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