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Cover-up on 'weak cement'.

THE walls of thousands of new homes are in danger of crumbling after workers covered up the production of contaminated cement for two years.

High levels of alkaline - believed to cause cement "cancer" which weakens and damages buildings - was mixed into a million tons at Lafarge Cement UK in Westbury, Wilts, from 2002 to 2004.

It was used mainly in homes, roads and bridges in the South West.

The British Cement Association said the alkali test data was "deliberately misreported".

Lafarge Cement UK boss Jeff Sautin said customers were notified as soon as the scandal was discovered.

He refused to say if anyone had been sacked.

The Concrete Centre claimed the risk to buildings was "minimal".
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 21, 2005
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