Plutonium was stolen from a Northampton school while it was being refurbished, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Northampton Chronicle and Echo report: 

A top Northampton school has been at the centre of a radioactive scare, one of a handful of UK-wide incidents in which dangerous materials have gone missing from hospitals, businesses and colleges over the past decade.

The findings emerged in a Freedom of Information request to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) asking how many “dangerously radioactive” sources, ones that “would make you ill if picked up”, had been lost, mislaid, poorly tracked or stolen in the past 10 years.

It revealed Northampton School for Girls, in Spinney Hill Road, was one of six schools identified following the theft of school demonstration materials, including plutonium.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.