Pensioner will not give up on wife's compensation battle

A pensioner who lost his wife to an asbestos-related disease has vowed to continue his fight for compensation.

Charles Longstaff, 78, sued his former employers for GBP 108,000 in 2006, four years after his wife died from mesothelioma, The Gazette reports.

However, he has still to see a single penny of the compensation payout as the case falls under the complex category of public liability insurance.

Mr Longstaff’s wife contracted the disease after inhaling asbestos dust while washing his work overalls.

He told the paper: "This has been going on now for seven years and I feel like I cannot lay my wife to rest properly.

"It’s not about the money for me. I want someone to be held responsible and for people to know about this."

The news follows reports that police in Helston have warned the town’s children about the dangers of playing on building sites after some were found to be playing with protective suits contaminated with asbestos.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19289767-ADNFCR

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