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German told to stop PC gold extraction bid

Press Association logoPress Association 30/12/2016

A German landlady's concerns about suspicious chemical odours from her tenant's apartment has led police to a man who was trying unsuccessfully to extract gold from old mobile phones and computer circuit boards.

The woman went to police in Braubach, near the western city of Koblenz, concerned she had not seen her 28-year-old tenant for some time. Police said on Thursday officers found a range of chemicals and at first suspected he was running an illegal drugs lab.

Further checks and questioning of the tenant, who was on a trip to southern Germany, revealed he had been using the chemicals to try to extract gold. The man had gone to visit acquaintances, including a physicist, for advice. They suggested he give up.

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