Monday, February 18, 2013

Radioactive Material Stolen From Van in Bacup, Lancashire: Police Appeal

Police have appealed to the public for help after a canister containing a small amount of radioactive material was stolen from a van over the weekend.

The container was taken from the vehicle in Bacup, Lancashire.

Officers were alerted to the incident in the early hours of Monday after the van driver discovered the material was missing.

The Peugeot Panel Van had been parked up at an address in New Line, to the south of Bacup.

The stolen canister is in a yellow case which measures one foot long and is said to be fairly heavy.

Chief Inspector Russ Procter from Burnley Police said: "It is important that this material is located as soon as possible.

"I would also appeal direct to the people who have stolen this. They may have no idea what it is that they have in their possession or they may have discarded it somewhere. If that is the case then I would ask them to contact us or call Crimestoppers anonymously."

Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire police on 999 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.