The family of a police officer who died after being exposed to asbestos when the IRA bombed Brighton’s Grand Hotel during a Conservative Party conference have received damages.

Forensic officer Jonathan Woods was one of the first on the scene in 1984.  He spent 14 days sifting through dust and rubble by hand, looking for evidence.

Last year, Sussex Police issued an alert to emergency workers who went to the bombing that they could have been exposed to asbestos. It followed the death of Mr Woods, who has become known as the sixth victim of the bombing, from mesothelioma months earlier.

Sussex Police and the Metropolitan Police settled the claim made by Mr Woods’ family earlier this year.

Conservative Party members were staying at the hotel during their October 1984 conference – five people died and 34 were injured in the attack aimed at Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet.