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Radioactive incident at Chatelherault Country Park in Hamilton

Firefighters have sealed off a section of Chatelherault Country Park in Hamilton after a container marked as holding radioactive material was found.

The five inch diameter black drum was found in the South Lanarkshire park at about 13:30 on Monday.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue has sent an environmental protection unit.

A scientific advisor and hazardous material officer found no evidence of beta or gamma particles. They are currently checking for alpha particles.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said: "There is a radioactive incident at Chatelherault Country Park in Hamilton.

Cordoned off

"A drum was found which had 'radioactive material' written on it. It is a black drum five inches in diameter.

"The fire service sent out an environmental protection unit and an area was cordoned off on open ground.

"After it was cordoned off, no further action was taken until the scientific advisor and hazardous material officer arrived.

"They entered the inner cordon and confirmed there were no beta and gamma particles. They are now checking for alpha particles."

The park, which has a five-star rating from VisitScotland, dates back to the early 18th century.

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