Coventry & Warwickshire

Silver bullion coated in cyanide stolen from Coventry factory

"Potentially fatal" silver bullion coated in cyanide has been stolen from a factory in Coventry, prompting a safety warning.

Twenty bars - each weighing 1kg - were taken from the factory at 17:30 GMT on Monday.

West Midlands Police said the coating could result in "nasty burn-like rashes" and be fatal if ingested.

Det Sgt Dean Jones said they believed the masked robbers escaped in a grey BMW and said they were examining CCTV.

"The company tell us that the solution used for electro-plating is extremely toxic.

"The thieves may not be aware of the danger it poses and the unsuspecting public need to be made aware in case the thieves try to sell the silver on," he said.

Police said they would not reveal the name or location of the factory for security reasons.

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