Prescription drugs stolen from shopping trolley

Residents are being warned to be careful after prescription drugs were stolen in Northumberland.

Thursday, 30th June 2016, 1:18 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th June 2016, 2:22 pm
News from Northumbria Police

A 36-year-old woman had collected prescribed drugs and left them in an unattended shopping trolley outside the chemist’s consulting room at the Sainsbury’s store in Manor Walks, Cramlington.

When she returned at 10.45am, a quantity of medication had been stolen.

The items, all in tablet form, are:

• Diazepam 28 x 10mg

• Fluoxetine 60 x 20mg

• Lansoprazole 56 x 15mg

• Nabumetone 112 x 500mg

• Paracetamol 64 x 500mg and

• Propranolol 56 x 80mg.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft which happened on Wednesday, June 29, and warning against the dangers of taking medication not prescribed to them.

Neighbourhood Inspector Grant Dawson said: “Any concoction of medication is potentially extremely dangerous, and it’s equally dangerous for people to take medication which has not been prescribed to them.

“I’d warn those responsible or anyone who finds the drugs not to consume any of it, and would urge people not to purchase or accept medication which is not specifically prescribed to them.

“Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the stolen drugs should contact us as soon as possible or if they find them hand them in to police, a doctor’s surgery or pharmacy.

“Anyone who witnessed the theft from the supermarket trolley or knows who is responsible should also get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 414 of 29/06/16 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.