Ixworth man died from contact with asbestos 50-years earlier

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An accountant died from mesothelioma 50-years after coming into contact with asbestos through his work.

An inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard how John Lapthorne, 71, died at his home in St Edmunds Close, Ixworth on May 4.

He had been diagnosed with the disease about six week’s earlier, having become ill while on holiday visiting family in New Zealand.

He had to stay in a hospital in Auckland for two weeks before coming home to the UK.

His wife Elizabeth, in a statement, said her husband had been ‘quite healthy’ and never smoked.

But he had come into contact with asbestos while working as a quality controller at a battery company 50 years ago, she said.

Coroner Dr Peter Dean, speaking at the inquest on Thursday (13) said: “There is a history, albeit over many decades earlier, of work related contact with asbestos.

“In view of this I am going to record a verdict of industrial related disease.”