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Police Cadets on Teesside welcome Chernobyl hero

Vitali Baranovski was presented with a Force plaque and a thank you card Credit: Cleveland Police

Police Cadets from the Cleveland force area have met with a former firefighter who took part in the clean up operation after the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986.

Vitali Baranovski was invited to the UK by the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Charity as part of the European Chernobyl Action Weeks.

Mr Baranovski spoke about the effect the disaster had on the community and surrounding areas.

More than a million risked their lives to clean up highly contaminated areas and prevent worldwide nuclear contamination.