Ex-BBC man’s justice battle

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A former electrical engineer who worked for the BBC for more than 20 years is appealing to his former colleagues to come forward with vital information as he launches a battle for justice after being diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer.

David Procter, of Pickering, was diagnosed in March last year with mesothelioma, which is a terminal cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to deadly asbestos dust.

The 74-year-old grandfather five times over has instructed industrial illness experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell to investigate where and when he was exposed to asbestos throughout his career as an engineer in London, so he can obtain justice for the exposure that has caused his terminal illness and leaves him very tired, breathless and in a lot of pain.

David was employed by the BBC from 1961 until the 1980s and believes he was exposed to asbestos during this time. He joined the company as a TV Studio Engineer at Television Centre in London, later becoming a Planning and Installation Engineer based initially at Harewood House in Hanover Square and later at Henry Wood House opposite Broadcasting House.

During the next two decades he worked at many different sites including Riverside (1963 -1964), Lime Grove (1965-1975) and Television Theatre (1982- 1983) as well as conducting site visits in Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester, Norwich, Plymouth and Brighton.

David said: “I was completely shocked and devastated when I received my diagnosis and I am incredibly anxious about my future prognosis. We had such plans as a family in retirement but everything changed that day. It took away all my future hopes and I am just concerned about the family I will leave 

“I would like to urge anyone who knew me or worked with me over the years at the BBC to come forward with any information on the various sites as it could be vital to the investigation by my legal team at Irwin Mitchell to determine where I was exposed to asbestos during my career.”

Anyone with information should contact Ian Toft at Irwin Mitchell on 0113 220 6235 or ian.toft@irwinmitchell.com

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