The coroner has opened separate inquests into the deaths of three Torbay men from an asbestos-related disease.

Anthony Sydney Ellis, who was born in Newton Abbot but lived in Kings Road Paignton, was a retired carpenter. The coroner has been told that during his life he had been exposed to asbestos. Two years ago he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

The coroner has also opened an inquest into the death of Leslie Roy Gibson. Mr Gibson was born in Birmingham, was married and lived at Washington Close in Paignton. He was a retired carpenter. During his life he had been exposed to asbestos and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012. He died at his home on August 9 aged 86.

A third inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of John Moss, 84, a widow who was born in Plymouth but lived at Torbay Road in Paignton. He was a retired Royal Navy shipwright. He had been exposed to asbestos during his working life and was clinically diagnosed with mesothelioma in February.

He died at the Mount Olivet Nursing Home on July 22. Cause of death was malignant mesothelioma and pulmonary thromboembolism.

None of the deaths, which are unrelated, are suspicious. A full inquest hearings will take place at a later date.

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