Thieves urged to seek medical attention after asbestos theft

Police are desperately urging thieves who broke into a decontamination caravan unit in Eastleigh to seek medical attention after they were exposed to potentially lethal asbestos.

The thieves managed to force open the doors of the locked caravan and opened sealed bags. The bags contained blue, brown and white asbestos contaminated clothing.

Labourers had been wearing this contaminated clothing whilst working on the demolition of the former Pirelli site in Eastleigh. The thieves’ break in casued approximately £5,000 worth of damage to the caravan itself.

The crime occured on Tuesday night and was described by PC Ella Knight as “costly and pointless”.

Appealing to the burglars, she said “Our prime concern is your safety and that of your families. If you entered this unit, you are likely to have been contaminated by asbestos and should seek medical attention, if you touched or stole any items within this unit”

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