Detonators stolen from van in Wigston
A number of small railway detonators, which could cause injury if used incorrectly, have been stolen from a van in Wigston.
The detonators, which make a loud noise when struck by a train, are used as a signal to indicate to train drivers that they must carry out an emergency stop.
Police have said they should only be used by trained professionals and officers are concerned that they could cause injury to a member of the public who did not know what they were.
The eight detonators were stolen from a van in Britford Avenue, Wigston, sometime between 10pm last night, Friday, and 3.45pm this afternoon, Saturday.
SUNDAY OPEN BUFFET EAT AS MUCH AS U CAN £6.99PP & A LA CARTE...View details
Come & Try our Delicious Menu with an Amazing 15% off all Food Bills on a la carte menu only
Terms: Lebanese & Mediterenian Menu With An Amazing 15% Off Your Food Bills on a la carte menu only
Contact: 0116 2169184
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
They are described as yellow discs which are approximately 2in in diameter.
Inspector Claire Morgan is urging members of the public to look out for the detonators and for those in possession of them to return them to police immediately.
She said: "As the detonators are designed for trains it would take some force to set them off. However, that doesn't mean to say that it cannot be done and that someone could not be injured.
"We are currently doing all we can to trace the detonators and hope that members of the public will help us do that so that we can keep them safe. If you think you have seen anything similar to the detonators described then please get in touch. If you are in possession of the detonators please hand them in at your local police station.
"While the injuries may not be life threatening they could still cause harm and we are concerned that the people who have taken them have no idea what they can do. If you have any information about their current whereabouts then please get in touch and help us with our inquiries."
Also taken from the van was a small plastic horn and a whistle.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.