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Firm fined for leaving asbestos at Oxfordshire base

A company managing Ministry of Defence property in Oxfordshire has been fined £33,000 after allowing staff to come into contact with asbestos.

Interserve Ltd took over management of a large storage property at Arncott in May 2005.

Oxford Crown Court heard they were told of asbestos in a boiler room but did take action until February 2008.

The London-based firm pleaded guilty to three Health and Safety offences in June.

Staff affected

Judge Mr Recorder Prior said the fine should reflect "public disquiet" over asbestos safety.

The company must also pay £18,000 in costs.

The court heard some 31 staff came into contact with asbestos between May 2005 and September 2006.

Interserve lawyers told the court the problem had now been rectified and the chance of illness was "relatively remote".

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