Cyanide thieves on CCTV

The silver Vauxhall Astra police want to trace in 'connection with the theft and  images of the suspects

The silver Vauxhall Astra police want to trace in 'connection with the theft and images of the suspects

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Police have released CCTV images of two people they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of potentially harmful cyanide-soaked metal balls from an industrial unit in Poulton.

The items were stolen in a burglary at Poulton Industrial Estate in the early hours of Sunday.

The stolen balls are dangerous if the cyanide is inhaled or touched

The offenders stole 200 of the balls – used in the aerospace industry in the construction of aircraft – which were contained within vats of the deadly chemical.

Officers are also appealing for information about a silver Vauxhall Astra they would like to trace in connection with the theft.

Sgt Jim Ormand, from Blackpool Police, said: “I would urge anyone with any information that could help us to trace the man and woman pictured in the CCTV images to come forward.

“In addition, we are looking to trace the car that is pictured in the CCTV image.

“We believe it to be a silver Vauxhall Astra which has distinctive alloy wheels and if anyone recognises the car or has any information that could assist with our investigation I would ask them to get in touch.”

The stolen balls – which are approximately the size of cricket balls – are potentially dangerous if the cyanide is inhaled or if a person touches them and their hands then make contact with their mouth.

Sgt Ormand said: “I would also like to reiterate the fact that handling these balls improperly could lead to serious health risks.

“Although on the face of it they appear to be made of lead, they do in fact have traces of cyanide and need to be handled and disposed of in a safe way.

“If you have been offered these items for sale, please do make contact with us. Similarly, if you are wanting to hand these in, please call us prior to doing so.”

Anybody with any information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference 797 of 15 March.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

If you are concerned about potential cyanide poisoning, please call 999 in an emergency or speak to the NHS on 111.