Asbestos caused former PC’s death, inquest rules

11:06 09 November 2012

A retired policeman from Exmouth who died earlier this year was killed by a disease caused by exposure to asbestos, an inquest has ruled.

Charles Troake, who was 91 years old and lived in Bapton Close, died on June 25 at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Two doctors’ reports which were read to the inquest at County Hall said that married Mr Troake, who was born in East Budleigh, had died from malignant mesothelioma.

The coroner, Dr Elizabeth Earland, told the inquest that this disease is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.

Although she could not be sure when Mr Troake had been exposed, Dr Earland said he could have been exposed during his work as a policeman, when called to industrial premises, or during his previous career in the army, when he was called to an industrial strike at a gasworks.

Dr Earland, therefore, recorded a verdict of death by industrial disease.

0 comments

Other News Stories

16 minutes ago

‘Boy racers’ driving on the seafront are so organised that they even have lookouts to avoid the police, it has been claimed.

Read more
16 minutes ago
Regular users of the sailability boat Martin Hutchins and Lucy Rutherford at the naming ceremony. Ref exe 8945-26-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

The Exe Sailing Club’s newest addition to its flotilla was launched last week.

Read more
40 minutes ago

Gypsies are being blocked from occupying land that adjoins East Devon’s Pebblebed Heaths in an ‘unprecedented’ move to protect the environmentally sensitive area.

Read more
47 minutes ago
Benjamin Barton was captured on CCTV carrying out the masked raid (left) and pictured right buying the bag he used to attempt to rob Coopers Jewellery.

As Benjamin Barton, 18, pleads guilty to attempted armed robbery at Coopers Jewellery in Barnstaple, detectives have revealed how ‘bag for life’ and an odd purchase held the key to solving the investigation...

Read more
The murals at Sidmouth swimming pool car park. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 5931-09-14AW

A full complement of murals depicting life in our seaside resort is in place thanks to the hard work of Sidmouth College artists.

Read more
Tooth decay for the UK

East Devon has the lowest rate of tooth decay in five-year-olds in the county - thanks to initiatives by dentists and health chiefs.

Read more
Nine month old Leo Burton. Ref exe 1984-25-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

More than 30 children marched along Exmouth seafront to show their support for a nine-month-old boy in Lympstone who has a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Read more
Vote

More than 40 people have joined the East Devon Liberal Democrats in the 10 weeks since the local and general elections.

Read more
Burton Art Gallery

Councillors agreed in principle to co-locate Bideford Library with the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Victoria Park.

Read more
09:25

Police are carrying out enquiries following a vehicle blaze in the early hours of this morning.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family Notices 24



Devon's trusted business finder