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Coroner appeals for help with investigation following death of Milnrow resident

06 January 2017

Coroner appeals for help Veronica Taylor.

The Coroner's Service based at the Phoenix Centre in Heywood is appealing for local residents to help with an investigation, following the death of Veronica Taylor from Milnrow.

Veronica Taylor, died in April 2016 aged 84 following a battle with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.  The Coroner is looking for anyone who worked with Veronica during her career to come forward as they may be able to provide vital information to assist with the investigation.

She believed she may have been exposed to asbestos, whilst employed at Richard Barnes & Sons Ltd in Rochdale from 1948 until 1981 in the folding and sewing departments.  The pipework in the mill was lagged with asbestos and often in poor repair.  Veronica also worked at Birch Hill Hospital as a cleaner and Rochdale Cotton Mill.

The Coroner would like to hear from any of Veronica's former work colleagues if they have any information about the working conditions at Rochdale Cotton Mill, Richard Barnes & Sons or Birch Hill Hospital.

'The Coroner would like to hear from any of Veronica's former work colleagues'

If you can help, please contact Maggie Crook on 01706 924815 or email coroners.office@rochdale.gov.uk by Monday, 13 March 2017. 

More information on the Coroner's service.

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