Police voice arson fears as drugs giant gets warehouse permission

PUBLISHED: 13:37 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:37 15 April 2013




A HATFIELD-BASED pharmaceutical giant has been given permission to build a new warehouse.

Last week officials at Welwyn Hatfield Council gave the application by Eisai Europe Ltd permission to go ahead.

But police had voiced concern about the arson threat the new building, in Mosquito Way, could pose.

Officers at the council backed plans to build an 11m by 19m storage warehouse.

A statement submitted on behalf of the company said: “With an increase in production of various pharmaceuticals elsewhere on site, the need has arisen for a small separate warehouse for the storage of various packaging materials and equipment as they are delivered to site.”

It added that compared to other buildings on the plot, the new warehouse would be “actually quite small”.

But in an email sent to the authority ahead of the decision, Gerry Brophy, the principle crime prevention design officer at Herts Police, warned about the arson threat that storing “large amounts of combustable material” would have, and called for the area to be well sealed off.

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