The issue only came to light when residents Nick Tiratsoo and Trevor Calver were told documents they requested under the Freedom of Information Act were contaminated with asbestos.

An investigation was launched when they notified the Health and Safety Executive.

It later emerged that town hall chief executive Martin Esom was on the board of the company tasked with managing asbestos in council-owned buildings.

Reported by the Guardian Series. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.