The fire-damaged aircraft hangar that housed the now-defunct hazardous waste management company BCB Environmental has allegedly been stolen.
Estimated at around 100 tonnes of metal, North Yorkshire Police and the Environment Agency (EA) are working together to find the thieves.
BCB suffered a fire which destroyed its site in Tockwith, Yorkshire, in August. Following the fire, the company went into administration and then liquidation shortly after.
Initially, the clean-up operation of the destroyed site was BCB’s responsibility but this has now transferred to the landowner Knavesmire Unit Trust after BCB went to court and disclaimed the site lease and environmental permits.
A police spokeswoman said: “We are investigating the suspected theft of a metal-framed building, formerly the premises of BCB Environmental, which was damaged by fire earlier this year. Enquiries are ongoing into the incident. We have been liaising with the EA regarding any issues around contamination of the site.”
EA environment manager team leader Peter Stevenson said: “The EA is still working with the landowner and its contractor to clear the site, which we are hoping will be finished in the next couple of weeks, weather permitting.
“It would appear the people who took the metal had to hire a machine and skips to carry out the job, so it was very professional. But they were not authorised to do so.”
It is not the first time material has been stolen from the site. In September, four tankers of contaminated water were taken and have not been found.