A Norfolk grandmother who contracted hepatitis C during a blood transfusion has described being overcome with emotion at the end of a public inquiry into the scandal.

Michelle Tolley has been living with the condition - and cirrhosis - for 25 years, which she suffered after being given infected blood during a transfusion.

Ever since, Ms Tolley has been championing other victims of the scandal, which has been the subject of a lengthy public inquiry.

Following the conclusion of that process, which has seen a compensation scheme for those affected extended, the mother-of-four from Sparham described sitting through the painstaking details of the scandal.

The 57-year-old, who runs a support group called Contaminated Whole Blood UK, said: "The emotion is overwhelmed.

"I am tired of fighting, I am tired of campaigning. I will probably have to sleep for three days to recover.

"I am so pleased that the parents and children and hepatitis B victims are now included in the compensation."

Ms Tolley said she constantly lives in fear of being diagnosed with liver cancer due to her contaminated blood - adding that she cried at her daughter's wedding in October after believing she would not live to see it.

She said: "It has been a long time coming - four decades is a hell of a long time.

"We have been living through a horror film - but it is a traumatic reality.

"Westminster has got blood on its hands. 

"They should have stopped this when they first knew it was happening - and the government now needs to take action on the latest recommendations."

The scandal saw thousands of people infected with HIV and hepatitis after being injected with contaminated blood between 1970 and 1991.

It has been described as "The biggest treatment disaster in the NHS" - with an interim report from Sir Brian Langstaff published this week.