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Pensioner sues councils for £200k after contracting mesothelioma

Pensioner sues councils for £200k after contracting mesothelioma

A pensioner from north Wales is suing Wrexham Rural District Council and Wrexham Metropolitan District Council for £200,000 after contracting mesothelioma, the Daily Post reports.

Raymond Jones has filed a writ in the High Court claiming he contracted the cancer after prolonged exposure to asbestos during his 30 years of employment with the councils.

He worked on housing repairs and inspections between 1961 and 1991.

According to the 74-year-old, the councils failed to supply him respiratory protection from the substance, the inhalation of which can cause a number of serious illnesses, including mesothelioma and asbestosis.

The writ states: "The contraction of mesothelioma and consequential loss and damage were caused by the breach of statutory duty and or negligence of the defendant and or its predecessors."

Mr Jones developed symptoms of his medical condition in July 2006 and, in October 2007, his life expectancy was estimated at less than nine months.