Saturday, 05 September 2015

97 thefts reported at Sellafield nuclear site

ALMOST 100 thefts at a major Cumbria employer have been reported to police in less than five years.

A total of 97 thefts at Sellafield were recorded between January 2009 and June this year. The figures were revealed in a freedom of information request which the Evening Mail submitted to Cumbria police.

Most of the thefts occurred in 2012 when there were 39, and 2013 when there were 37.

Only seven of the 97 items were recovered and only twice – when two electrical goods were stolen – were arrests made. Both were later charged.

The most common thing to go missing was money. Forty-one sums of cash were stolen on the site and only two were recovered. Twelve items of clothing were also stolen.

Five phones were swiped, seven electrical goods, and the theft of tools was reported on 12 occasions. Tools included drills and trowels, while some torches, protective clothing and computer terminal sockets were also taken.

A Sellafield spokesman said: “Sellafield is the same size as a small town, with up to 23,000 people working on the site, both directly for the company and for numerous other companies in the supply chain.

“It would not be unexpected on a site of this size to find some instances of thefts being reported – the reality is that these are very few and far between.

“We do, however, take any instance of criminal activity very seriously, and work closely with Cumbria Constabulary, which has a base on the Sellafield site, for education, awareness, crime prevention, and detection.

“This includes offering advice to employees on how to look after valuables should they need to bring them to work, and we are constantly reviewing our security arrangements.”

A separate freedom of information request showed that four offences of theft were recorded during the same period at BAE Systems in Barrow, where considerably fewer members of staff are employed.

Among the four items were two bikes – one of which was recovered and the culprit was charged.


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