Stolen fire extinguishers spark major panic in Newport Pagnell

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    On Saturday (30th July), emergency services attended an incident in Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes.

    Following reports of an unknown dry powder in the Tickford Street area of Newport Pagnell, fire crews, police and ambulance services attended the scene.

    Residents were asked to avoid the area and keep windows and doors shut while an investigation took place.

    15 appliances and crew were in attendance at its peak, with appliances from Northamptonshire, Royal Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire there for support.

    Also in attendance was a DIM (Detection Information and Monitoring) officer, and a hazmat officer.

    A cordon was put in place and firefighters used two breathing apparatus to issue derobe packs to effected employees at local business.

    The DIM team completed a wet test and, along with Police intel, identified the substance as dry powder from a number of fire extinguishers that had been stolen from a local petrol stations.

    The incident has now been handed over to Thames Valley Police for an investigation.

    The area closure led to businesses not being able to run. 

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    Local business, Halo salon, took to social media to say that they would be contacting customers to reschedule, and thanking those that supported them.

    "Unfortunately yesterday (Saturday 30th July), our salon was closed due to being targeted by the vandals with fire extinguishers. Our salon was covered in dry powder.

    "We all want to express our gratitude. Firstly, to Lisa from the bull inn for her help and support and being straight on scene when asked for help with no hesitation. Tvp and the fire departments from all over for their very quick response making sure we were all safe.

    "To Aston Martin for lending us equipment to to clean the floors, to the lovely owner of Carrington Lounge offering the use of her salon and to the lovely staff at Cafe Latte who gave us meals and offered support.

    "And to all the kind residents and neighbours that came by to offer us help in sorting out the mess. We are truly honoured to be part of such an amazing community. Thank you all so so much.

    "After hours of cleaning and a lot of elbow grease we are looking forward to re opening on Tuesday.

    "All clients that had their appointment cancelled Saturday we do apologise for the inconvenience and will all be called in due course to reschedule for next week."

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