A company has been ordered to pay more than £34,000 after “inexcusably” exposing pupils, teachers and staff at Newmarket Academy to potentially deadly asbestos.

South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court heard that in July 2012, during works on what was then called Newmarket College, contractors disturbed the carcinogenic asbestos while removing a wall.

The work on improving the school’s science block was being sub-contracted by laboratory design and installation specialist Labform.

The Cheshire firm was prosecuted after an investigation found the company had not arranged for a detailed survey to be undertaken, as required by law.

They were fined £22,400 and ordered to pay £11,741 in costs after pleading guilty to four breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

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