SDLP rep stumbles across pharmacy burglary while canvassing in Belfast
A SDLP representative has said he witnessed a burglary of a pharmacy while out canvassing in south Belfast.
Lisnasharragh representative Séamas De Faoite said he came "face to face" with the man during the incident at Ardmore Pharmacy on the Ormeau Road on Saturday afternoon.
Police have said the burglary occurred at around 1.30pm and that a quantity of prescription drugs was taken.
Not the usual end to a canvass - coming face to face with a burglar in the Ardmore/Rossmore alley. All the more reason for @belfastcc to get a move on with alley gates. Thanks to @PSNIBelfastS for their swift response. #BeatTheBurglar https://t.co/5VUdHH71Ld— Cllr. Séamas de Faoite (@SeamasBelfast) February 16, 2019
Mr De Faoite said: "On Saturday afternoon after speaking to a number of residents on the Ormeau Road about local crime and the threat of burglaries, I witnessed a man attempting to break in to Ardmore Pharmacy.
"He was able to gain access to the pharmacy from an unsecured alley nearby. There is no place for this kind of crime, which makes local people feel unsafe.
"I want to thank the local PSNI for their quick response to the incident and their work to make this part of our city safer.
"I am renewing my call for Belfast City Council to install alley gates in the area, to help secure local homes and businesses. "
Sergeant Malcom said: "We received a report around 1:30pm that a male had forced entry to the premises.
"When he was disturbed, the suspect fled on foot in the direction of the city centre. He is described as being around 5' 10'' tall with facial hair and of a pale complexion. He is reported to have worn jeans, a grey and blue-coloured hooded top.
"A quantity of prescription drugs - Lyrica and Diazepam - was reported stolen during the burglary.
"I would urge the public to be vigilant and to ensure they do not put their health at risk by purchasing medication from an illicit source. I would appeal to anyone who finds prescription medicine, or is offered prescription medication for sale to call us immediately on 101.
“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.
“I also want to appeal to anyone who was in the area around this time, or prior to when the incident was reported to us and saw a male matching the description of the suspect, or anyone who has information about this incident to call us on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 662 of 16/02/19."
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