A former French aircraft carrier – rejected by India and Egypt as being too toxic to be broken up – has arrived at its final resting place in Teesside.
The vessel contains 700 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated materials and was recalled to France from India in 2006 amid concerns over its toxic elements.
Jean Kennedy, leader of the Friends of Hartlepool, a local community group which led the fight against the dumping said:
“Here was a ship laden with the worst possible toxins and they want to bring it to this country to get rid of it. We’ve now got a ticking, toxic time bomb and we’re going to live in a nightmare haze of toxicity for the rest of our lives. We live in a town where we’re breathing it every day of our lives.”
We’ve had Toxic assets from the West, Toxic rain from the East, Toxic waste from the South, and a Toxic Prime Minister from the North, how can plucky little Britain survive all this?