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01st Mar 2022

Gardaí issue urgent warning after theft of radioactive material in Louth

Dave Hanratty

The public is urged to be aware of the potential risk of exposure to radiation.

Gardaí have issued an appeal for information following an incident of theft that took place in Louth some time between Monday evening (28 February) and Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred between 6pm on Monday and 6.30am on Tuesday.

Gardaí were alerted to the theft of a number of items from a van parked in The Downs in the Highlands estate in Drogheda.

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A Troxler nuclear moisture density gauge, containing a radioactive source, was among the items taken during the course of the robbery.

Following advice from the Environmental Protection Agency, Gardaí are urging members of the public to be aware of the potential risk of exposure to radiation if an individual comes into contact with this item.

Gardaí have further warned that such an instance is critically dangerous if the case is opened and the equipment is activated.


An appeal for witnesses has been issued.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have information in relation to this incident and any person who may have witnessed any unusual activity in the Highlands area between 6pm on Monday and 6.30am on Tuesday to come forward.

Anyone with relevant information regarding the theft or the whereabouts of the Troxler gauge is asked to contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 98 74200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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