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'They called me four-fingered freak'


Families who claim their children were born with defects caused by exposure to toxic waste in Northamptonshire have won their legal battle.

The 18 families had sued Corby Borough Council, claiming deformities to hands and feet were due to mothers being exposed to a "soup of toxic materials".

The council denied negligence during reclamation works at the Northants town steel plant between 1985 and 1999.

Simone Atkinson was born with fingers missing from both hands - her mother had worked next to one of the reclamation sites while pregnant.

Simone spoke to Colette McBeth about how her deformity has affected her life.


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