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Radioactive material in Tadley sparks emergency services operation

Radioactive material in Tadley sparks emergency services operation. Picture by Paul King

Radioactive material in Tadley sparks emergency services operation. Picture by Paul King

First published in Basingstoke
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A FULL scale operation was launched by the emergency services last night after radioactive material was found at a property in Tadley.

Two fire crews from the Basingstoke fire station, a crew from Redbridge, in Southampton, and a crew from Tadley and Alton were dispatched to the scene in Giles Road, in Tadley at 8.36pm last night following the discovery of radioactive material in a garden shed.

In addition, three specialist Hampshire Fire and Rescue units were sent to the scene, including an environmental protection unit from Alton and a detection, identification and monitoring unit from Winchester.

A hazardous area response team and two ambulances from the South Central Ambulance Service were also sent to the scene to assess three people as a precautionary measure. No one was taken to hospital.

The occupiers of the property called the emergency services just after 8.30pm after they discovered a canister displaying a radioactive material sign in a garden shed.

As a precautionary measure, a 45 metre cordon was set up and 16 properties were evacuated whilst crews from the specialist units investigated the suspected radioactive material.

The canister was then collected by a team from the Atomic Weapons Establishment.

Brian Rudman, group manager said: “There was some material found but we were able to detect it. The levels of radiation were low and there was limited danger to anyone. It was a small canister which contained a radioactive substance.”

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