Daughter’s plea over Leeds man’s asbestos death

Denis Hampshire.
Denis Hampshire.
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A daughter is appealing for help as she tries to piece together the facts behind the asbestos-related death of her beloved dad.

Denis Hampshire, from Cookridge, Leeds, died aged 88 in February after being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Mr Hampshire had previously worked as an engineer for Clayton, Son & Co Ltd and Oxley Engineering Co Ltd, which were both based in Hunslet in the 1960s and 1970s.

Now his family has asked industrial disease experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell to find out how he came to be exposed to asbestos.

And, as part of the investigation, the firm wants to hear from Mr Hampshire’s old colleagues about working conditions at the Hunslet companies.

Mr Hampshire’s daughter, Alison, said: “It was a shock when Dad received his diagnosis and he deteriorated rapidly.

“Many people may know him from a number of sporting clubs in the Rothwell and Hunslet areas in Leeds.

“I am just hopeful that some of his old workmates will see this appeal and will come forward.” Anyone with information is asked to ring Fay Marshall at Irwin Mitchell on 0113 394 6826 or e-mail fay.marshall@irwinmitchell.com.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive asbestos-related cancer which affects the lining of the lungs.