A canister containing a small amount of radioactive material has been stolen from a van in Bacup.
Officers were alerted to the incident in the early hours of this morning after the van driver discovered the material was missing.
The Peugeot Panel Van was parked up at an address on New Line in Bacup.
The stolen canister is in a yellow case which measures one foot long and will be fairly heavy.
– Chief Inspector Russ Procter from Burnley Police
“It is important that this material is located as soon as possible. I would ask the public, especially in the Rossendale area, to keep an eye out for this canister and if they locate it then to call the police who will come and deal with it."
“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.”