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Revealed: the Scottish links to asbestos trade | Scotland | The Sunday Times – The Times

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To people of the Highland town of Nairn, Ion Petrow and his family are part of what made their community tick. A successful businessman, he and his wife Helen — a doctor offering alternative remedies — have been valued members of the Nairnshire Farming Society and he was a stalwart of the local Rotary Club.

In its early years, the Nairn Book and Arts Festival benefited from sponsorship by the Nairn family firm, CJ Petrow International Ltd — described by Companies House as “agents involved in the sale of timber and building materials” and in the “wholesale of metals and metal ores”.

But unknown to festivalgoers, almost 9,000 miles away in Johannesburg, another Petrow family business — CJ Petrow & Co (Pty) Ltd — was shipping asbestos…