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Leeds tower blocks demolition under way


Specialist machinery has been brought in for the demolition

Demolition work that will pave the way for the multi-million pound regeneration of three areas of Leeds has begun.

More than 400 new homes are to be built and 1,241 will be refurbished in Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck.

A machine that can reach to a height of 50m (164ft) and is one of only two of its kind in England is being used to raze Carlton Towers in Little London.

Holbeck Towers and Gaitskell Court will be demolished next month.

The plans also include improved play areas, new shops and a community centre for the Little London estate.

The city council said the "widespread modernisation of council housing will have a positive impact not only for individuals and families but for the area as a whole".

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