A WARNING has been issued after medication was stolen from a car in Sunderland.
At just after 8.45am today, police received a report that a handbag had been stolen from a car parked on Nesburn Road, Barnes, after the side window was smashed.
Thieves took a bag which contained a quantity of morphine in liquid and tablet form.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the theft but also warning the dangers the medication could pose.
Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Laverick 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 not to consume any of the medication, and would urge people not to purchase or accept medication which is not specifically prescribed to them.
“Anyone who knows the whereabouts of this stolen medication should contact us as soon as possible.
“Anyone who witnessed the theft or has information about who is responsible should also get in touch.”
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting log number 304 051214 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.