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Appeal from asbestos support group

PUBLISHED: 16:29 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:11 02 July 2010

A BARKING and Dagenham asbestos support group is calling on former workers and residents from the area to get in touch. The group want people who worked or lived near industries where asbestos was present so they can compile a record. They are launching

A BARKING and Dagenham asbestos support group is calling on former workers and residents from the area to get in touch.

The group want people who worked or lived near industries where asbestos was present so they can compile a record.

They are launching the appeal event at Barking Town Hall, on February 27, starting at 2pm.

There will be guest speakers, including Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas; a mesothelioma victim; a medical expert; and an official to advise about entitlement to benefits.

This will enable the group to offer support and practical advice to individuals who have been affected.

Spokesperson for the group, Mick Connolly said: "Barking and the surrounding area has a terrible asbestos legacy.

"There was the Cape Factory, the power station, construction and other heavy industries.

"As a result, the area sees high numbers of people suffering from asbestos-related diseases. We hope that they will get in touch, whether or not they are ill."

"It is particularly shocking and tragic that some of the victims will be people who as children played with asbestos dust. Diseases such as mesothelioma, the asbestos cancer, can take decades to develop.

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