FORMER miner John Dawson suffered a number of chest complaints, including one related to his time in the pits around Accrington.

But a pathologist said prolonged smoking was probably a more important factor in the death, at the age of 90, of the retired paper mill worker of Borough Road, Darwen.

The medical cause of death was given as pulmonary embolism from deep vein thrombosis caused by bronchopneumonia, emphysema, asthma, siliconosis and heart disease.

Recording a verdict of industrial disease, coroner Michael Singleton said the siliconosis had contributed to death.