British police investigate cargo contaminated with uranium at Heathrow


LONDON (TBEN) — Britain’s anti-terrorism police are investigating after border agents seized uranium-contaminated cargo at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday that “a very small amount of contaminated material was identified following routine screening in a package entering the UK” on Dec. 29.

It said the force’s Counterterrorism Command is investigating. No arrests have been made.

The TBEN reported that the uranium was in a shipment of scrap.

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Police Chief Richard Smith said the amount of contaminated material was “extremely small and has been assessed by experts as not posing a threat to the public.”

He said it “does not appear to be linked to an immediate threat”, but the investigation continues.