Alert after rat poison stolen from van

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Police have issued an alert after thieves stole a large quantity of poison kept in a vehicle parked in a Doncaster village.

Officers are appealing for help to trace the stolen van, which contained more than a stone’s weight of deadly rat poison.

The red LDV Pilot van, which has the registration plate BX05 JDO, was stolen from the village of Sutton, Doncaster, just before 8pm on Wednesday last week.

It contained seven to eight kilograms of hazardous, three-inch-long waxed pellets, some of which were blue and some pinky-red, all corrugated in appearance.

The pellets were in tubs marked clearly ‘poison’ but South Yorkshire Police fear they could lead to death or serious injury if some were to be ingested by children.

The van also contained a number of tools.

The owner has not been identified.

Despite a widespread search, officers have so far been unable to trace the van and are now turning to the public for help.

Anyone who has seen the vehicle or its contents is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police immediately on the non-emergency number 101 and quote incident number 1,023 of January 8.