An inquest can determine whether the Government’s inaction on air pollution contributed to the death of a nine-year-old Lewisham girl, following a provisional ruling at Southwark Coroners court.
Ella Kissi-Debrah died in February 2013 after three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for breathing problems. Her home was just 25 metres from the South Circular Road in Lewisham.
A 2014 inquest found that the cause was acute respiratory failure and severe asthma. But after new evidence on local pollution levels came to light, that verdict was quashed and the High Court granted a new inquest, which will take place late next year.