NORTH WALES Police have issued a warning for people to secure their plant fertilisers to prevent it falling into the wrong hands.
Since the early 70’s inorganic nitrogenous fertilisers have been misused by terrorists as an ingredient in home made explosive (HME).
Whilst the concern affects all solid nitrate fertilisers, the widespread use of ammonium nitrate (AN) and ammonium nitrate based fertilisers is of particular significance.
The blending, storage, transport and use of fertiliser in the UK is common-place, creating opportunities for potential terrorists to acquire such material.
At this time of year particularly, when large amounts of fertiliser are being delivered to farmers and growers across the UK, anyone who handles or stores fertiliser should consider its' security.
Simple measures can be taken to protect your fertiliser such as restricting access to sites and buildings, storing fertiliser inside a locked building or compound, carrying out regular stock checks and purchasing your fertiliser from a Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS) approved supplier.
Police are asking for anybody to report any suspicious activity at or near their premises as it may prove to be a missing part of a bigger picture.
For further information please contact your Counter Terrorism Security Adviser (CTSA) at North Wales Police HQ. Phone 101 or 0300 330 0101.