MIL OSI – University of Canterbury reports theft of drug-chems to Police

The University of Canterbury has reported a theft from its Chemistry department to the Police. A quantity of chemicals have been taken, including some able to be used to manufacture illegal drugs.

The university states that it takes security seriously, and regrets this incident has occurred. It is assisting the Police with their enquiries.

In an advisory to media, the University stated: “UC has taken immediate action to move certain chemicals and compounds to a more secure central store and has checked other departments on campus. It has also taken a range of additional security measures which it is unable to disclose. Those security measures are in place across the campus. It has advised staff to be aware of security issues, and their personal safety.

“Any members of the public who find what may be chemicals or chemical containers should not touch them and call the Police, as should anyone with any information about the incident.

“As the police investigation is ongoing, no further comment is available at this stage.”

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.