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Thousands of ex-service men in line for compensation

Thousands of ex-service men in line for compensation

Thousands of ex-servicemen who were present for British nuclear bomb testing in the 1950s may be in line for payouts of £4,000, the Daily Mail reports.

The UK became the third country to test an independently developed nuclear weapon in 1952 and servicemen were forced to observe from a distance of only a few miles.

More than 21,000 men, along with their children - who suffered a range of genetic disorders as a result of the tests, may be eligible for the money.

Many of the men went on to suffer from a range of cancers, with their offspring experiencing a variety of malformations and other illnesses.

A parliamentary inquiry team is currently recommending that the victims of these nuclear tests are compensated with an interim payment made by the Ministry of Defence.

John Lowe, chairman of the British Nuclear Tests Veterans' Association, commented: "We welcome the recommendations contained in this report."