Stuart Packard, a 40-year old father of two who was living in Essex, has died from cancer which is thought to be linked to the 1996 IRA bombing in Manchester. Mr. Packard had worked as a security guard at the site for around three weeks after the bombing and it is thought that he may have been exposed to asbestos.
Mr. Packard died in November and had been diagnosed with mesothelioma in March of this year. A claim is being considered by his family as it may be that he wasn’t offered sufficient protective equipment at the time.
The Provisional IRA took responsibility for planting the bomb in June 1996 which injured over 200 people and caused over £1 billion of damage. The IRA were condemned by the British, Irish and American Governments in what was the largest bomb on English soil since the Second World War.