Christmas Island atomic veterans bid for compensation


Inside Out meets the atomic veterans who were exposed to high levels of radiation on Christmas Island during 'Operation Grapple' in the 1950s.

They are fighting for compensation for injuries suffered during the nuclear bomb tests in the Pacific and Australia.

This week the veterans return to the Supreme Court where they will contest the decision of the Court of Appeal to overrule a judgement that they receive compensation from the Ministry of Defence.

Many of the veterans have died from cancer and other medical conditions which they claim were linked to the tests.

John Morris from Royton in Greater Manchester was one of more than 2,000 British servicemen stationed on the Pacific island during the nuclear tests.

He talks about their fight for compensation.

Inside Out North West is on Monday 14 November on BBC One at 19:30 GMT and can be seen nationwide on the BBC iPlayer for seven days afterwards.

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