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Nuclear test veterans seek payout

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Nuclear testing was carried out on Christmas Island in the South Pacific

Britain is out of step with governments around the world who have compensated nuclear test veterans who fell ill, the High Court has heard.

Three men from Coventry and Warwickshire are among 1,000 ex-servicemen seeking compensation for illnesses including cancer.

Benjamin Browne QC said science had linked their health and their role in the 1950s tests in the South Pacific.

The Ministry of Defence says it compensates when liability is proven.

Among the claimants are Patrick Burns, from Coventry, Thomas Armstrong, of Stratford-upon-Avon, and the wife and other relatives of John Ingram, from Nuneaton.



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