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Former Barking resident diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer appeals for information

A former resident of Whiting Avenue in Barking is appealing for information to help his legal case following his diagnosis with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer.

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15 June 2017

David Peat, 78, lived in Whiting Avenue in Barking between 1939 and 1947, less than 100 metres from the Cape Asbestos factory in Barking.  Cape Asbestos manufactured asbestos products and as a child David played in his garden which backed out onto the factory. He also played in the surrounding areas of his house including a graveyard at the end of Whiting Avenue.
From the age of four, David attended nursery in the Quaker Meeting House at the end of this road and from the age of five, he attended Northbury Primary School on Northbury Close in Barking.
David, who now lives in Hertfordshire, has instructed law firm Leigh Day to investigate his case and the law firm is looking to speak to anyone who lived, worked or grew up in the same street as David or surrounding areas or anyone who attended Northbury Primary School, who may be able to provide further information on the atmospheric conditions in the area during this time.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused almost exclusively by the inhalation of asbestos fibres. The symptoms of the disease occur many years after the inhalation of the asbestos.

Vijay Ganapathy, a partner and specialist industrial disease lawyer with Leigh Day, who is representing Mr Peat said:

“Given David’s diagnosis, we are appealing for anyone who may have lived or grown up in the same street as David or has information about Northbury Primary School and the conditions around the Cape Asbestos factory to contact us.”

Anyone who lived or grew up in Whiting Avenue or attended Northbury Primary School in the 1940s, or believes can help in this case can contact Vijay Ganapathy at vganapathy@leighday.co.uk  or on 020 7650 1341.

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