Well done for posting that Tom. Sky are a bit wrong on the start dates of human experimention at CDEE Porton Down. Servicemen were experimented on at
Porton long before 1939.
Nerve gas death was 'unlawful'
Ronald Maddison died after an experiment at Porton Down
The inquest into a young airman who died 51 years ago in secret nerve gas tests has ruled that his death was unlawful.
Ronald Maddison, 20, from County Durham, died after being exposed to sarin at Porton Down in Wiltshire.
The original inquest in 1953 ruled that Leading Aircraftman Maddison's death was caused by misadventure.
In 2002, the High Court quashed that verdict and ordered that a new inquest should be held.
The jury concluded that the cause of Mr Maddison's death was "application of a nerve agent in a non-therapeutic experiment".
An MoD spokesman said: "The Ministry of Defence notes the jury's findings and will now take some time to reflect on these.
"We will be seeking legal advice on whether we wish to consider a judicial review.
"We don't believe the verdict today has implications for other volunteers. However, we will consider the implications."
The original inquest was held behind closed doors "for reasons of national security".
Mr Maddison's family has claimed that he was tricked into taking part and was told he was helping to find a cure for the common cold.
Mr Maddison was exposed to 200 milligrammes of sarin which was dropped on to a piece of uniform material which was wrapped around his arm.
The second inquiry was prompted after ex-serviceman Gordon Bell complained to Wiltshire Police that he had been duped into similar tests.
The constabulary then launched Operation Antler which looked at experiments which used chemical and biological agents at government research centre
Porton Down between 1939 and 1989.
The operation found that the coroner at the original inquest was "not apparently provided with all the potentially available material".
The outcome could lead to legal action by the veterans of Porton Down - They claim they were duped into taking part in similar dangerous trials.
The hearing, at Trowbridge Magistrates' Court, lasted six months.