Potentially lethal chemical stolen in farmhouse burglary

Credit: Durham Constabulary

Potentially lethal chemicals have been stolen after a burglary at a farmhouse in South Hetton on Friday, December 4th.

Amongst other items, two five litre tubs of a poison called Cymag were taken. The containers, which look like paint tins, are orange and red in colour and contain a white powder. If the powder comes into contact with water it turns into the lethal gas hydrogen cyanide.

A tin of ‘Sheepdip’ de-licing product was also stolen. While not considered as hazardous as Cymag, this can also be dangerous if it is swallowed or comes into contact with skin.

We urgently need to trace the location of the tubs of Cymag and Sheepdip. If anyone has information about the whereabouts of these chemicals, they must not approach them but instead call 999 and ask to speak to the police.

– Detective Sergeant Tony Elliott