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Inquest opens into death of Norwich man who developed cancer after asbestos exposure

PUBLISHED: 12:44 02 August 2017

James Woods, 61, of Norwich, who died on July 19, 2017. Picture submitted by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.

James Woods, 61, of Norwich, who died on July 19, 2017. Picture submitted by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.

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An inquest has opened and adjourned into the death of a former removal firm worker.

James Woods, 61, from Norwich, died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) on July 19.

The inquest was opened today at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Norwich by area coroner Yvonne Blake.

She said Mr Woods was admitted to the NNUH with leg weakness.

Mrs Blake added Mr Woods’ cause of death was cancer.

The 61-year-old, a former removal worker, had spoken to the EDP in December 2016 about the danger of asbestos.

He had won a legal case against his former employees, for whom he worked when he was exposed to asbestos.

Mr Woods said he was diagnosed with mesothelioma - an incurable cancer - in 2015 and claimed the disease was caused by exposure to asbestos.

A full inquest will take place at Norfolk Coroner’s Court on September 4.

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