ASBESTOS exposure at Pressed Steel during the 1950s lead to the death of a grandfather, an inquest heard yesterday.

Denis Barnes, 86, of Manor Road, Witney, died at Witney Community Hospital on January 18. He was diagnosed with a lung disease the previous year.

Mr Barnes spent 14 months working at Pressed Steel in Cowley.

Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter recorded his cause of death as malignant mesothelioma – from asbestos exposure.

He added: “I am satisfied Mr Barnes was exposed to asbestos while working in industry in the 1950s in Cowley.”