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BBC Spotlight Porton Down Cold War Germ Warfare Tests in Devon, Somerset and Dorset

BBC Spotlight broadcast from 1998, giving details of large area coverage Germ Warfare experiments conducted by Porton Down scientists in populated areas of Devon, Somerset and Dorset during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Also includes an interview with the family of a deceased Porton scientist, and an interview with Professor Brian Spratt FRS. He been recently commissioned by the MOD to conduct an Independent Review, investigating whether Porton’s experiments had caused any adverse health effects to those exposed to the massive bacterial aerosols of live E.col MRE162 and Bacillus globigii.

Insight – Porton Down Dorset Biological Warfare Experiments

Uploaded on Dec 6, 2009
In 1997, newly declassified Ministry of Defence documents revealed that during the Cold War, scientists from the Microbiological Research Establishment, Porton Down, had repeatedly sprayed the southern counties of England with massive amounts of two types of live bacteria (E.coli MRE162 and Bacillus globigii). In 1998, Westcountry Television broadcast this report which revealed the concerns felt by many Dorset residents who were calling for an Independent Public Inquiry.