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Asbestos widow appeals for help

PUBLISHED: 12:15 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 11 August 2010

THE WIDOW of a Barking man who died from asbestos-related cancer believes he is yet another victim of the notorious Cape Factory. As a child Gordon Sanders would visit the plant in Harts Lane with his father who worked there occasionally as a telephone en

THE WIDOW of a Barking man who died from asbestos-related cancer believes he is yet another victim of the notorious Cape Factory.

As a child Gordon Sanders would visit the plant in Harts Lane with his father who worked there occasionally as a telephone engineer.

He was also exposed when a family friend who worked at the factory stopped off to visit them on his way home.

He would play with Gordon and inadvertently shower him with asbestos dust from his clothes.

Mr Sanders, of Sutton Green, Barking, died from mesothelioma in September 2005 aged 57. Now his widow Ethel, 57, is pursuing a compensation claim against Cape.

Mrs Sanders said: "I urgently need witnesses to come forward who can confirm what conditions were like in the area around the factory and inside the factory between 1953 and 1959.

"I believe that the asbestos that my husband was exposed to during these years was responsible for his untimely death from mesothelioma, an incurable disease which has affected many, many people in this area as a result of this former factory."

The factory opened in 1913 and was closed in 1968.

Anyone who can help Mrs Sanders should contact her solicitor Caroline Pinfold on 0800 0232233 or at caroline.pinfold@irwinmitchell.com.


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