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Felixstowe nuclear scare

PUBLISHED: 17:41 25 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:31 03 March 2010

FELIXSTOWE was at the centre of a major nuclear scare earlier this month, the Home Office confirmed today.

Anti-terrorist forces feared radioactive waste to create a so-called "dirty bomb" was being brought into Britain in a container through the port.

FELIXSTOWE was at the centre of a major nuclear scare earlier this month, the Home Office confirmed today.

Anti-terrorist forces feared radioactive waste to create a so-called "dirty bomb" was being brought into Britain in a container through the port.

But when the material was finally examined 70 miles away, it was found to be a small bolt that had somehow been contaminated and was no danger.

The radioactivity was detected by equipment introduced earlier this year to spot material which could be smuggled in by terrorist groups like Al Qaeda.

However a breakdown in communication between various agencies meant that the potentially dangerous cargo was not examined until it reached the end of its journey – Tilbury in Essex – after travelling through Ipswich, Colchester, and Chelmsford.

For the full story, see Monday's Evening Star.

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