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Asbestos tests on old works site

Tests are being carried out to discover if asbestos is present in the gardens of some homes built on the site of a former works in Wolverhampton.

The city council said the possible presence of asbestos on the Farndale Estate was discovered during a previous investigation into contaminated land.

Chemicals were found in gardens and in ground beneath the former Courtaulds Dunstan Hall Works.

The council has said the risk to residents is low.

Nine gardens have been found to have contained asbestos but these have since been declared decontaminated by the council.

Another 270 homes on the 800-home estate are to be looked at.

Investigations on the estate began in 2005 after carbon disulphide - a fluid that is toxic in high doses - was found there leading to some council tenants being rehoused and some owners being offered the chance to sell their houses back to the site's former owners.

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