Explosives stolen from Network Rail

PUBLISHED: 11:43 08 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:02 11 May 2010

POLICE have issued a warning to the public after explosive detonators were stolen from Network Rail. The twelve detonators, which police say could cause serious injury , were taken from a van parked in Litlington. They are described as flat, yellow dis

POLICE have issued a warning to the public after explosive detonators were stolen from Network Rail.

The twelve detonators, which police say could cause "serious injury", were taken from a van parked in Litlington.

They are described as flat, yellow discs with lead straps attached to them, and are used to warn track workers if a train is approaching.

A police spokesman said: "As you can appreciate, the weight of the train is more than enough to explode one of these detonators.

"For an individual to make one of these explode would require the use of a hammer. This obviously entails the individual to stand very close to the detonator.

"If detonation is successful, the chances of serious injury are high as a result of shrapnel from the yellow plastic casing, lead strapping and possibly the stones in between sleepers.

"If you discover any of these - 12 were stolen - please contact police as a matter of urgency. We will arrange for their collection and return to Network Rail. I am assured by Network Rail that they cannot accidentally explode," he said.

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