THIEVES who stole a drum containing a chemical liquid from Billericay are being urged not to open it and instead call police immediately.
The theft happened shortly after 3pm on Thursday, 5 April when a chemical drum was stolen from dry-cleaners on Western Road.
The drum contains Percoethylene which is dangerous to the waterways if poured or dumped as well as to humans if inhaled. People are also urged not to touch the drum or its contents.
Anyone who finds the blue metal drum is urged to contact Essex Police immediately on 999.