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Asbestos alert issued to children

Asbestos warning sticker
Breathing in asbestos fibres can cause serious health problems

A warning has been issued after children were found with protective suits which could have been contaminated with asbestos.

The suits had been taken from a skip at St Michael's Church of England Primary School in Helston.

It's believed contractors were using the suits while they cleared asbestos from the school's buildings.

Police said parents in the area should check their children have not been playing with the suits.

'Ensure safety'

A Health and Safety Executive spokesperson said: "As an exposure, this does not present a significant risk, however, it is not a sensible thing to do and should not continue.

"Contractors who work with asbestos have a responsibility to ensure that protective clothing is either properly disposed of as asbestos waste or appropriately cleaned."

A police spokesperson told BBC News the children were in an area they should not have been.

Sgt Paul Marchant said it was likely children would be unaware of hazardous nature of asbestos.

"We are not looking into this matter for any criminal offences, but we want to ensure the safety of the children," he said.

Inhaling asbestos fibres can result in serious health complications later in life.

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