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A GP practice has been forced to close its branch surgery after teenage vandals tried to set fire to it.

A series of incidents including threats made to staff,

graffiti and attempts to set fire to a door also led Dr Alex Kapenda to close the surgery in Huncoat, Lancashire until further notice.

He said he would not re-open until he was satisfied his staff and patients are not at risk.

In the meantime, patients have to travel to the main surgery in Accrington, two miles away, where workload has increased as a result.

Derek Cummins, associate director of service improvement at Hyndburn and Ribble Valley PCT, said the trust was keen to ensure the practice could reopen safely.

He said: 'We are working with the practice to see what we can do to enable it to be reopened, such as possible security measures.'

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