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Family of Sandy man appeal for help following asbestos-related death

PUBLISHED: 14:03 04 November 2018

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Richard Smith died in early 2016 from an asbestos-related condition. Picture: Andrew Hewitt

Richard Smith died in early 2016 from an asbestos-related condition. Picture: Andrew Hewitt

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The family of a much-loved DJ from Sandy are calling for answers following his death from an asbestos-related disease.

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Richard Smith died aged 64 in January 2016, just three months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a cancer of the lining of the lung associated with exposure to asbestos.

His family are now working with specialist lawyers from London-based firm Irwin Mitchell to investigate how he came into contact with the material.

During the 1960s and ‘70s, Richard worked for Potton Timber and Engineering, and his family now desperately appealing for the public to provide any information about the working conditions at the company.

His daughter Paula said: “The whole family miss dad so much every day and the lack of answers regarding how he developed mesothelioma has made our efforts to come to terms with the loss much harder.

“Mum always referred to him as the life and soul of the party and he truly was.

“So many people across Sandy and beyond enjoying his DJ-ing and general work within the community.

“We would be incredibly grateful to anyone who may have information regarding the working conditions at Potton Timber and Engineering and could help us in our search for answers.

“We are determined to get justice in dad’s memory.”

A father-of-four and a grandfather to 14, Richard was a popular member of the Sandy community with around 300 people attending his funeral.

Alexia Kapranos, the specialist lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s who is representing the family, echoed their calls for information.

“Richard was a huge personality who had a great impact on his local communityand two years on from his death his family remain devastated by their loss,” she said.

“They are desperate for answers as to how he came into contact with asbestos and we would be hugely grateful to anyone who may have information regarding the material in relation to Potton Timber and Engineering.

“Any detail no matter how small could make a major difference to this case.”

If you have any information, call 02074 213 903 or email alexia.kapranos@irwinmitchell.com.

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