Monday, 2 August 2010

Leukaemia Boys Father demands removal of power lines


A father who lost a son to leukaemia is calling for power lines at a Northampton train depot to be taken down after electric cables in the area were blamed for a rise in cancer rates.

Steve Williams' son Stuart was one of a cluster of children to be struck down with leukaemia while living near electrified railway lines in Pembroke Road, Spencer, in the 1980s and 90s.He called for their removal soon after MPs advised no new houses or schools should be sited within 60 metres of high voltage cables, following years of campaigning by Parents Against Leukaemia.Although British Rail removed the power lines in the 1990s, Siemens have erected new ones at its Kings Heath train depot. Mr Williams, who believes the power lines present a risk to public health, is now calling on the company to remove them.He said: "I watched in disbelief when I saw them put back up. I thought the company knew about the dangers. What I'm worried about is if, as we believe, it was the cause then, it could happen again.

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