MoD criticised over scientist's death in explosion

An inquest has criticised the Ministry of Defence after a scientist was killed by an explosion in Essex.

Terry Jupp suffered 60 to 90% burns after the blast at a testing station near Shoeburyness  on August 14 2002.

An employee of the Defence, Scientific and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), the 46-year-old was taken to hospital but died six days later in hospital.

The MoD has never commented on the nature of the work in which Mr Jupp was taking part.

Much of the hearing was held in secret to stop sensitive details falling into the hands of terrorists and the chemicals involved in the test were referred to only as A, B and C.

A jury in Southend decided the tests were inappropriately planned and appeared to be inadequately organised.

The 46 year old's widow Pat Jupp spoke outside the court on Wednesday: "The Ministry of Defence have lost a highly experienced, loyal and dedicated scientist. I feel very proud of the knowledge that he helped to save thousands of lives.

"The board of inquiry recommendations have been acted upon to prevent a repeat of this terrible tragedy. It is such a shame that these were not in place eight years ago to enable Terry to continue the job he loved."

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