‘Mystery’ oil sparks panic

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A MAJOR emergency operation was launched after a “suspicious” chemical was discovered at a city car park last night.

An exclusion zone was cleared around the mysterious substance found behind a Ford Transit van in the NCP-owned facility on Morrison Crescent which was later identified as cooking oil.

Around 24 fire fighters – some wearing respirators and fluorescent gas-tight suits – removed samples of the liquid for analysis at a mobile testing unit nearby as police manned a cordon and ambulances waited in the wings.