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Sprayed on by the MOD

Issue No. 1671

THE BRITISH government secretly sprayed huge areas of the country with deadly chemical spray in the 1950s, it has been revealed. The Ministry of Defence's chemical and biological warfare establishment at Porton Down conducted the secret experiments. It sprayed chemical spray and bacteria over Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Somerset and Surrey. Scientists claimed they wanted to find how vulnerable Britain was to a biological attack from the Soviet Union.

In the first trial in 1953 a chemical, zinc cadmium sulphide, was sprayed in an arc from Hampshire to Berkshire. The experiments continued through the 1950s, covering virtually the whole of England and Wales with the chemical. The Ministry of Defence now admits that there are 'doubts' about the safety of the chemical.

The New Labour government says it does not know the nature of the experiments currently being carried out at Porton Down. The government should shut it down now.

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Sat 6 Nov 1999, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1671
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