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Smell hell residents chase £10m

LAWYERS acting on behalf of 12,000 residents who want compensation for being stunk out by a malfunctioning sewage works met their counterparts at plant owner United Utilities last week in a bid to resolve the impasse.

The water giant has slapped a £50 million writ on builders Alfred McAlpine, Biwater and Degremont, claiming the three botched the work at Sandon Dock in Liverpool.

The 12,000 residents are demanding United stump up £10 million in compensation. Last Friday solicitors acting on their behalf met United's lawyers Hill Dickinson at its offices in Liverpool for more than four hours of talks.

Doug Fraser of local law firm Silverman Livermore said: 'The residents who have been affected should be compensated at a level that's suitable.Then United and their contractors can argue who is responsible for that cost.'