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Large supply of Diazepam tablets stolen in Belfast - police urge public to be vigilant

The PSNI has urged the public to be cautious following the theft of a large supply of Diazepam tablets.

The robbery happened in the early hours of Monday July 17 at a premises on the Prince Regent Road area of Belfast.

Police have said that they believe that the incident may be linked to a small stash of the tablets later found in the Orby Close area of Belfast.

PSNI's Detective Sergeant Michael Hawthorne said: "I would also urge the public to be vigilant and to ensure that they do not put their health at risk by purchasing medication from an illicit source.

"People should only take medicines in consultation with their healthcare professionals who have access to patient health records, who are qualified to assess their medical needs and can take into account the risks and benefits associated with every medicine."

Diazepam, which has also been marketed as Valium, is used to treat conditions including anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms and insomnia - but is also abused recreationally.

Detective Sergeant Hawthorne appealed for anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the early hours of Monday morning, especially between 1.15am and 2am in the Prince Regent Road area of East Belfast to contact them on the non-emergency number 101 and to quote the reference number 88 with the date July 17, 2017.

The public can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone offered medication from an unregulated source is being asked to report it to the Health Department's Medicines Regulatory Group on 02890522094 or the police non-emergency number.

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