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Metal thieves got more than they bargained for in asbestos contaminated roofspace

Four Perthshire men may have got more than a truckful of valuable scrap when they decided to strip a barn in Blairgowrie of its steel beams: they also probably got several lungfuls of deadly asbestos fibres.

The gang of four did £80,000 worth of damage to the farm building removing the 20 or 30 beams according to the Perthshire Advertiser but also had to receive decontamination treatment after being caught in the act.

Ring leader Steven Cameron, who ended up with a £225 fine, was told by the court, “It seems inevitable you were going to be caught, if not red-handed then immediately afterwards. What’s more worrying is that you have found yourself in a situation where you damaged a building and it would cost £80,000 to repair.

“Even more significant than that is that you have undoubtedly exposed yourself to asbestos.
I understand that the contamination effect is a one-shot deal. All you require is one exposure in your lifetime and it can have very grave consequences for your health.”

Kate and Wills will have to wait for asbestos removal before moving into their new home

kate-willsThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have to wait up to a year before moving into their new Kensington pad because the remodelling programme they are planning involves the removal of asbestos according to The Mesothelioma Center.

The asbestos is believed to have been installed during the last major renovation to Kensington Palace which took place in the 1960s

A spokesman told People Magazine, “Early indications suggest that large quantities of asbestos will have to be removed, as well as work on the heating and hot water systems and electrical wiring. The extent of the work needed to turn the apartment back into a home is not yet known.”