Police warning after ‘cyanide’ thefts

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Police are urging thieves who stole some potentially harmful metal balls coated in cyanide to hand the items in.

The items were stolen in an industrial burglary at Poulton Industrial Estate on Sunday.

Offenders got into the unit and removed the balls contained in metal vessels within vats of cyanide – a chemical which can be dangerous if inhaled or if a person touches them and their hands then make contact with their mouth.

PS Jim Ormand from Blackpool Police said: “We are urging anyone who may have any information about the location of these potentially hazardous balls to get in contact with us as soon as possible.

“On the face of it, they appear to be made from lead when in fact they have traces of the poison cyanide and they need to be handled and disposed of in a safe way.”

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

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.