Mother wins right to seek new inquest into girl's death linked to air pollution

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Attorney general allows move to quash Ella Kissi-Debrah verdict, paving way for fresh hearing

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah???s daughter died of an asthma attack.
Rosamund Kissi-Debrah???s daughter died of an asthma attack. Photograph: Martin Godwin/Guardian

The mother of a schoolgirl who died of an asthma attack linked to air pollution has won the right to seek a new inquest at the high court.

The attorney general moved on Friday to quash the inquest into the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah at the age of nine, after new evidence linked it to air pollution spikes from traffic near her home in south London.

After a long fight by her mother, Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Geoffrey Cox granted her the right to go to the high court for a new inquest.

Kissi-Debrah said: ???Words cannot express how happy I am that the attorney general has taken this decision, and I would like to thank him for reaching his conclusion.