Hazardous chemicals stolen from Durham car park

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POLICE are investigating the theft of hazardous chemicals from Durham city.

A metal chest was stolen from a car park in Old Elvet between 10.30am and 10.50am yesterday.

The chest, which was secured with two padlocks, is yellow in colour and is approximately 120cm x 60cm x 40cm in size.

It is marked with the words: ‘CHEMICAL CARE’, ‘HAZARDOUS’ and ‘STAFF ONLY’ and contains six 20-litre black plastic drums of Sodium Hypochlorite.

The drums are marked as ‘CORROSIVE’ and the contents may be harmful to skin and eyes and may also affect respiratory systems if exposed within an enclosed environment.

Police are looking for two men who were seen in the area and were wearing hard hats. They are believed to have left in a white van.

Members of the public who find the drums are urged not to touch them.

Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.