Industrial illness killed Briggswath man

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A BRIGGSWATH man died as a result of exposure to asbestos over 60 years ago, a coroner has ruled.

81-year-old Eric Luck, of Carr Hill Lane in Briggswath, died on 3 January.

The coroner at Scarborough Crown Court last Friday ruled that he died of an industrial disease, the cause of which stemmed from exposure to asbestos while employed at Shildon Railway Works in County Durham between the ages of 16 and 22.

Mr Luck, who was born in Bishop Auckland, had been diagnosed with lung cancer and suspected mesothelioma after collapsing while playing golf in May 2010.

His condition deteriorated on 29 December last year and he passed away on 3 January at St Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough.