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Family blames asbestos for cancer
Barry Welch
Barry Welch believed he was exposed to asbestos as a child
A man thought to be one of the youngest person in the UK to contract asbestos-related cancer has died.

Barry Welch, a 32-year-old father of three from Leicester, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in October.

His family believe he was exposed to asbestos fibres as a child in the 70s when his stepfather Roger Bugby worked at a power station in Kent.

Mr Bugby's employer Balfour Beatty said it did not comment on single cases, but Mr Welch's family want compensation.

They believe he may have breathed in dust from Mr Bugby's overalls.

Lung lining

Mr Welch died at a hospice in Leicester on Wednesday.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs. - and the only known cause in the UK is exposure to asbestos.

The period between that exposure and development of the condition can be from 10 to 50 years.

The asbestos that causes the condition is now banned but Mr Welch - speaking to the BBC last October - said he believed he was exposed to it as a child when his stepfather worked on a power station on the Isle of Grain.


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