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I have just read the article in the Daily Telegraph and looked at the maps. My first thought was that the melanoma map showed a very remarkable coincidence.

Let me go back a year. I had visitors from the UK who were adamant that the cause of the surge in melanomas in the UK was due to the number of holiday makers spending to much time in the sun on vacation in warmer climates.

Now if that was the case then the melanoma map would be more heavily weighted toward the more affluent regions of of the UK. But no, the map shows that the most incidents occur in the Strathclyde and the West Country. Why is this so?

What do these two areas have in common? Well, as I stated elsewhere over a year ago, there are military firing ranges in both areas. In fact I read a report at the time which quoted a military spokesperson stating that, after 20 years, the Strathclyde area was shutting down its Depleted Uranium testing site.

The ideas promoted in the article that smoking and diet are the cause is a furphy of the first order! Either that or someone has issued these maps in the quest for truth.

Here is what I found back then -
British army is planning to end the use of depleted uranium tank rounds
The Government continues to insist that the munition is safe, but is preparing to remove depleted uranium rounds from service under Ministry of Defence plans to improve the fighting capability of the Army's Challenger 2 tank. As part of the enhancement programme, the tank will be fitted with a different gun which can fire a wider variety of more effective, and less controversial, ammunition types.
British tanks currently use a rifled gun which can fire only two types of ordnance, high explosive and depleted uranium rounds. This limitation will disappear in the next few years, if, as expected, the MoD decides to have its new tanks built with a smooth bore 120mm gun, which is now used by most Nato armies.
Recent advances in tank ammunition have also led to the development of a new generation of rounds that will no longer be dependent on depleted uranium to achieve the same level of penetration against modern armour. The production of depleted uranium ammunition by the Royal Ordnance, the British arms manufacturer, ceased earlier this year. (The Telegraph Sep. 21, 2003)
> See also: Britain's navy to phase out depleted uranium weapons
======================================== - for other info re DU
New tests planned on environmental impacts of DU shells fired into Solway Firth
New tests are set to be carried out to see if there is contamination from depleted uranium shells fired from the Kirkcudbright range. Thousands of the projectiles have been fired into the Solway Firth over the past 20 years and there has been controversy because of the fears of contamination to marine life. For the tests, projectiles will be buried in the Solway and then retrieved for examinations. So far, only one projectile had been recovered from the Solway and although a thorough examination was made, the information gained was limited because it had been fired only five months earlier. (Galloway News Feb. 27, 2003)
Considering how these reports are sponsored by the intellectual might of the Royal Society, it would not be wise to question their findings; they explicitly state that the DU from weapons does spread toxic material over a battle site, and its environs. And this toxicity is hazardous to health.
 United Kingdom of Great Britain and N. Ireland
The first report:
To date # of cases:
 180,937 as of 2000
(no numbers available for 2001)
Incidence is:
 Declining since a peak in 1992
I have seen a better map and more uptodate information but I can't find it yet. This will do just to show an example. - Norm
Table 3 - BSE Scottish Region Summary - as at 22 September 2003
(Both Passive and Active Surveillance)
See the table for coincidences eg  Dumfries & Strathclyde
I am sure the prevailing winds/currents in the Irish Sea pass the coasts of Cumbria, Wales and the West Country. - Norm
At least 18 tonnes of DU weapons have been test-fired in Britain at army ranges in Kirkcudbright and Cumbria. Most of the munitions landed in the Solway Firth, where they remain.
--------------- - This link won't let me through. - Norm
Location Map of the Canadian Forces Base Suffield National Wildlife Area
  A defense research station and military experimental range. A tank training facility is also provided for the British Army under a NATO AGREEMENT. Vistitors can contact the Administration Office at the Canadian Forces Base.
Wanham Alberta Canada - How far is this from Suffield and what are the chances they tested DU armaments here?
Dear All,
This is where I begin to ramble, please forgive me.
I read Mark Purdey's website and he intimated something to do with Chernobyl and fallout over the UK, so I have just followed up with the theory that radiation may have contaminated the countryside and caused the BSE problems. The timing is right if these links are true and it could account for the lies and cover-ups emanating from all governments.
Any ideas..?