Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 0°C


Ipswich Town legend Colin Harper died of industrial disease, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 12:54 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 19 November 2018

Colin Harper (centre) aged 27, with George Burley and Bruce Twamley in January 1974. Picture: OWEN HINES

Colin Harper (centre) aged 27, with George Burley and Bruce Twamley in January 1974. Picture: OWEN HINES


An ex-Ipswich Town player who worked with asbestos before becoming a professional footballer died of industrial disease, an inquest heard.

Colin George Harper, who was born in Ipswich on July 25, 1946, played for Ipswich Town between 1966 and 1977, with a short spell afterwards at Cambridge United and as player-manager for Chelmsford City and Sudbury Town.

Coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone told the inquest that before becoming a footballer, Mr Harper had worked as an apprentice as a carpenter and joiner, constructing cabinets and doors containing asbestos.

Mr Harper cut the asbestos with a circular saw, generating a large volume of dust and sending asbestos fibres into the air.

The inquest heard that it was impossible for Mr Harper to avoid the dust as he swept, that he was never warned of the dangers of inhaling asbestos and did not wear a mask while he worked.

He was particularly exposed when making fire doors.

After retiring from football, Mr Harper became a builder but had no further contact with asbestos.

Mr Harper had been moved to St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, where he was receiving end of life care until his death on March 23, 2018.

He is survived by his wife Carol and three children.

Mental health campaigners will head to London to demand better mental health care in the region.

A man who was last seen at work two days ago has not yet been found.

Motorists are being advised by Suffolk police to expect delays across the county’s roads on two separate occasions during the festive period.

A school is set to create a new teaching block to help it meet a growing demand for pupil places.

A man has been assaulted following a heated argument at a village pub in Suffolk.

Theresa May has won the confidence vote on her leadership of the Conservatives – but has promised MPs she will not lead the party into the next General Election.

The prime minister might have won a confidence vote but, asks political editor RICHARD PORRITT, what now for her leadership, Brexit and the country?

Most read

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24