The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Controlled drugs stolen in armed raid on pharmacy

- BY LUCINDA CAMERON

A man has stolen controlled drugs including morphine from a pharmacy after threatenin­g staff at knifepoint.

The suspect went into the premises on King Street in Bathgate, West

Lothian, at around 11.35am on Saturday and produced a knife.

He threatened staff before making off with various controlled drugs including pregabalin, diazepam and morphine.

Police are appealing for informatio­n about the incident.

Detective

Sergeant

Graham Garvie, of West Lothian CID, said: “Nobody was injured but this was a frightenin­g experience for staff and customers alike.

“Extensive inquiries are ongoing to identify the man responsibl­e, including reviewing CCTV from the area.

“Anyone who believes they may have informatio­n which could help identify the man, or who was in the area at the time of the robbery or anyone who has dashcam footage, is urged to contact police as soon as they can.

“I would also like to discourage anyone from purchasing any of the controlled drugs that have been described and would urge anyone who may be offered these to contact police immediatel­y,” he added.

The suspect left the shop on foot and is believed to have headed in a westerly direction towards Edinburgh Road.

He is described as being white, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, of a slim build and around 6ft 4in to 6ft 8in.

The man had a dark striped scarf covering his face and was wearing a dark baseball cap, a grey hooded top with the hood up,darkjoggin­gbottoms, blue Adidas trainers with white stripes and workstyle gloves.

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