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According to new official statistics, 75 people died of the asbestos-related illness mesothelioma in South Tyneside in the five years between 2005 and 2010, the Shields Gazette reports.
These figures were obtained by Stephen Hepburn, MP for the local constituency of Jarrow and the majority of these fatalities occurred in 2009 and 2010.
However, the number of deaths being caused by this illness in the region were also found to be increasing, meaning there could be a rising number of legal cases occurring in the area over the coming months and years.
Anne Craig - an official of the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund whose husband died of the disease in 2002 - told the news source: "Unfortunately, deaths from mesothelioma are not due to peak for several years ... deaths are continuing to rise."
Posted by Francesca Witney
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