Hereford & Worcester

Credenhill SAS base 'contaminated with radioactive material'

The Herefordshire headquarters of the SAS is contaminated with radioactive material, the government has revealed.

The Stirling Lines base in Credenhill, which has been occupied by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) since 1999, is contaminated with radium-226.

It is one of 10 contaminated sites owned by the MoD.

The disclosure follows a written Parliamentary question from the Scottish National Party's leader in Westminster Angus Robertson.

Others sites contaminated with the same material include, RAF bases at Kinloss and Shawbury, three former MoD bases, the Defence Aviation Repair Agency sites at Almondbank near Perth and Fleetlands in Hampshire, and HMS Daedalus, also in Hampshire.

Junior defence minister Andrew Robathan said: "In each of the cases the principal source of contamination was found to be radium-226, a low-level contaminant.

"Where a site had been disposed of by the MoD, the purchaser would have received a land quality assessment report outlining the extent of any known contaminant, and this will have been reflected in the price."

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