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GP fights extension to mine

Dr Ruth White is campaigning against the planned extension of an opencast coalmine because she believes it poses health risks to the residents of her village.

Dr White, a GP in Bedlington, Northumberland, said the dust from the mine on the Stobswood site causes respiratory problems.

'There is also work that has shown that small ultra-fine particles make the blood thicken and this can lead to cardiovascular problems,' she added.

Dr White, who has lobbied her MP, MEP and county council, said she knew of children from families with no history of asthma who had developed asthma, potentially as a result of the mine. 'I am worried about the effect on my children,' she said.

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