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Camelford Inquest Verdict

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5:47am 15th March 2012
(Updated 5:47am 15th March 2012)

A coroner says the Camelford poisoning could have caused or led to a woman's death.

Carole Cross died in 2004 with high levels of aluminium in her brain.

She lived in the village at the time of the poisoning in 1988.

That is when twenty tonnes of aluminium sulphate was accidentally dumped in the wrong tank.

In his summing up the coroner called it an "accident waiting to happen" and called delays by the old South West Water Authority "unacceptable"

He questioned why people didn't get full details of the contamination for weeks and said that was 'gambling' with 20 thousand lives

Bonne Grills lives nearby. She said, "It was a very frustrating and frightening time because we just didn't know what to expect and waiting for confirmation and that information wasn't clarified for some days.

"There are several people over the years that we've known who've passed away and there've been a lot of concern about their health and I think to alleviate other people's concerns for the future would be of some great comfort."

The coroner's called for more research into the health effects, but says people living in the village shouldn't be afraid and that Carole Cross's case was "unique"

5:47am 15th March 2012

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