Compensation totalling more than £35 million has been paid to workers poisoned by asbestos at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

The city has one of the highest rates of asbestos-related illness with the material being used widely both on ships and in buildings at the Royal Navy yard.

A lack of proper health and safety precautions meant hundreds of worker inhaled tiny asbestos fibres resulting in a range of lung diseases from pleural plaques to the fatal cancer mesothelioma.

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