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A terminally ill gentleman is taking legal action against his former employer after it was claimed he was exposed to asbestos through his work.

80-year-old Brian Houghton, a father-of-four from Fife, Scotland has been diagnosed with an incurable form of mesothelioma and could be awarded up to £100,000 if his claim in successful.

Mr Houghton worked as an engineer for Babcock International in the 1960s at their now decommissioned coal-fired power station in Kincardine and believes that this is where he was exposed to potential-harmful asbestos fibres.

Speaking to local newspaper The Courier, Mr Houghton said: “Unfortunately, there’s no cure. At the moment they don’t have a clue how long I’m going to live, but at the last scan things hadn’t changed too much, which is good. All I know is I’m stage four and they can’t do anything for me.

“I might not be here if I receive compensation, but I’ve made sure it will go to my family instead.”

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. It happens when toxic chemicals create a thickening of the lining of the lungs and this then develops into a tumor.

Mr Houghton added that he had no animosity towards his former employer.

“I don’t have any ill feelings towards the company,” he said.

“There wasn’t the same health and safety back then as there is today. In those days it was very basic.”