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Burnt-out Tockwith waste plant wreckage stolen

The burning building
Image caption The BCB plant at Tockwith went into administration after the fire in August

Thieves have stolen the wreckage of a hazardous waste management plant which was gutted in a chemical fire.

Police said the metal-framed building structure had been taken from the site of BCB Environmental Management in Tockwith, North Yorkshire.

The plant was destroyed in a large fire in August and the company later went into liquidation.

The Environment Agency has been alerted amid concerns the stolen building debris could be contaminated.

North Yorkshire Police were alerted to the theft when the Environment Agency started clearing up the site on Wednesday.

It comes after four tankers containing thousands of litres of contaminated water used to fight the fire were stolen in September.

The tankers were being stored in a secure compound until the water could be treated.

Police said the tankers had still not been traced.

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman urged anyone who had seen activity around the site over the past few days to contact them.

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