Counter-terrorism police are investigating after Border Force officers seized material contaminated with uranium at Heathrow.
Cotland Yard said: “We can confirm that officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command were contacted by Border Force colleagues at Heathrow after a routine check found a very small quantity in a package that arrived in the UK on 29 December 2022 contaminated material has been identified.”
Commander Richard Smith said: “I would like to reassure the public that the amount of contaminated material was extremely small and was assessed by experts as not posing a threat to the public.
“While our investigation is ongoing, based on our investigations to date, it does not appear to be linked to any direct threat. However, as the public would expect, we will continue to follow all available lines of inquiry to ensure this is definitely the case.
“However, it underscores the excellent capability we and our partners have to patrol our ports and borders to protect the public from any potential threats to their security that could come to the UK.”
The force said the material had been identified as contaminated with uranium, no arrests had been made and officers were working with partner agencies to investigate and ensure there was no danger to the public.
“However, it underscores the excellent capability we and our partners have to patrol our ports and borders to protect the public from any potential threats to their security that could come to the UK,” the force added.
It is understood the Home Office does not believe there is a threat to the public.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We do not comment on live investigations.”
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper tweeted: “The full support of the police and Border Force in their ongoing investigation into this grave case – demonstrates the immensely important work they and the intelligence community are doing for the safety and security of the country.”
The Sun, which first reported the story, said the package came from Pakistan and arrived at Terminal 4 on a flight from Oman.
The BBC said the uranium was scrap in a shipment and one question was whether it was the result of “mishandling”.
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