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Oakthorpe residents concern over mining subsidence

Residents living in Oakthorpe are still being forced to move out of their homes because of the village's mining past.

Almost 30 years ago, an underground fire at a North West Leicestershire coalmine saw Oakthorpe make national headlines.

The two year blaze beneath their feet was just the start of their problems, as the whole settlement started to subside.

Since the 1980s, the Coal Authority have paid £95,000 towards general repairs in the village, but have not accepted responsibility for the subsidence.

BBC Inside Out's Stuart Woodman has discovered Oakthorpe's mining subsidence problem is still ongoing.


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