Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pensioner to Sue over Atom Bombs; Ex-Serviceman One of 900 to Take Legal Action against MoD

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pensioner to Sue over Atom Bombs; Ex-Serviceman One of 900 to Take Legal Action against MoD

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Byline: Dan Warburton

A PENSIONER who witnessed atomic explosions almost 50 years ago is among 900 former servicemen to launch a multi-million pound legal claim against the Ministry of Defence.

John Taylor, 71, from Carnegie Close in Biddick Hall, South Shields, was only 20 when he travelled to Maralinga in the south of Australia as an RAF Leading Aircraftman in 1957.

He spent six months helping to organise the Antler atom bomb tests and during that time was one of 12,000 servicemen who witnessed atomic explosions in the 1950s and 1960s.

Since then experts have estimated that one in three of those who were involved in the tests have developed cancer or a range of other health problems.

It is also thought that some children born to claimants have been born with missing or defective arms or legs.

Now, along with two other former-servicemen from Tyneside and 900 from across the country, Mr Taylor is planning to tackle the Ministry of Defence in a High Court bid for damages. …

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