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Asbestos Claims 100 Lives in Plymouth

More than 100 people in the Plymouth area of south-west England have died of asbestos exposure in the last five years.

Experts believe the city has such high rates of Mesothelioma, which is caused by asbestos particles lining the inside of the lungs, because of its historic shipbuilding activities, reports the Plymouth Herald.

However, it is hard for victims to claim the compensation they deserve as the disease has an onset time of between 15 and 60 years - although cases where the illness has been dormant for even longer have also been recorded.

Asbestos was in widespread use across the city until it was banned in 1999, but most cases of mesothelioma stem from exposures suffered in the 1960s and 1970s.

Alison Seabeck, a local MP in the area, told the Herald: "[We have been] trying to get some justice for those affected who have not been able to trace the insurers of the companies they worked for."

By Francesca Witney