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Decontamination tents put up in Blake Gardens, Temple Hill, Dartford, after radiation concerns

A decontamination tent was put up in the middle of a housing estate over fears of a radiation leak.

The bright yellow tents appeared in the middle of the night in Blakes Garden,Temple Hill, Dartford along with a number of police cars and fire engines.

Radiation tents pitched up in Blake Gardens in Temple Hill, Dartford
Radiation tents pitched up in Blake Gardens in Temple Hill, Dartford

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) confirmed the tent was erected at 2.30am over fears of contamination to residents.

A man was taken ill at a private address and was transferred to hospital by paramedics.

Four fire engines and a hazardous materials unit also attended, and crews in gas tight suits carried out testing at the property.

A fire service spokesman said: “No radiation sources were identified and there is no risk to the public.

“Action was taken as a precaution following a 999 call indicating concerns for a possible radiation leak.”

They told KentOnline the tent is part of a standard response when there is the possibility of contamination of any kind.

Neighbours were initially concerned there could have been a fatality or a chemical spill.

Kent Police confirmed it was called by the ambulance service at 2.30am today to a medical incident where they assisted paramedics and KFRS.

Emergency services were at the scene for around six hours, before leaving just before 8.30am.

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