Cumbria

Families await Sellafield body parts inquiry

Malcolm Pattinson
Image caption Malcom Pattinson died in 1971

The daughter of a dead Sellafield worker says she hopes an inquiry report into the removal of body parts will hold those responsible to account.

Angela Christie's father Malcolm Pattinson died of myeloid leukaemia in 1971 after being exposed to radioactivity at the Cumbrian plant.

Later it emerged the 36-year-old was one of 65 dead nuclear workers who had body parts removed without permission.

A three-year inquiry into the affair is due to be published on Tuesday.

Michael Redfern QC has headed the inquiry into why tissue samples were taken between 1962 and 1992.

The Redfern Inquiry began in April 2007 after the GMB union demanded action on behalf of families.

Autopsy samples taken included tissue, bones and body parts removed without permission, the union claimed.

Sellafield bosses claimed tissue was taken for "legally correct" purposes.

But Mr Pattinson's daughter, from Arlecdon, near Frizington, is one of many families awaiting the publication of the inquiry report.

She said: "It feels like it has been a very long time and it has been very emotional and distressing.

"We have given written and oral evidence to the inquiry and it has brought back feelings of grief and of your loved ones.

"Sellafield confirmed to us what they took and it was definitely without consent.

"I know it's a main employer in the area and that people rely on them for a living. But they should still follow procedures and I think they should be held accountable."

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