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Thursday 17 April 2014

Home in middle of road demolished

A house sitting in the middle of a new main road on the outskirts of Wenling city in east China's Zhejiang province has been demolished (AP Photo)

A five-storey home that stood in the middle of a new main road in China has been demolished by authorities.

The property had become the latest symbol of resistance by Chinese homeowners against officials accused of offering unfair compensation.

Xiayangzhang village chief Chen Xuecai said the house was bulldozed after its owners, duck farmer Luo Baogen and his wife, agreed to accept compensation of 260,000 yuan (£26,000).

Mr Chen said Mr Luo voluntarily consented to the deal.

The couple were the only people holding out in a neighbourhood that was demolished to make way for a road heading to a newly built train station on the outskirts of the city of Wenling in Zhejiang province.

The demolition comes a week after images of the house circulated widely online in China.

Press Association

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