Lab goes under the hammer

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A former forensic science laboratory in Euxton has sold at auction.

The high-security facility at Washington Hall, which was previously home to the Government-owned Forensic Science Service, was bought for £414,000 at an auction in Manchester on Tuesday last week.

The site, which includes a range of office and laboratory-type buildings extending to approximately 38,000 sq ft, had a guide price of £400,000.

Its new owner, and what they intend to do with the site, has not yet been revealed.

Auctioneer, Tony Webber, previously suggested the buildings could be refurbished or the whole site could be redeveloped.

The laboratory was used to solve some of the most high-profile crimes in Britain and scientists there were key in bringing Harold Shipman and Rose West to justice.

But it closed in 2011, with up to 200 jobs thought to have been lost to Chorley.