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Trio of crimes: Pharmacies hit by two burglaries and attempted robbery in one week

Three pharmacies across the UK endured either a break-in or an attempted robbery this week, including Lloysdpharmacy and Rowlands branches.

 Whitworth Pharmacy in Lumley Road, Skegness, fell victim to a burglary in the early hours of Thursday (February 9), according to Lincolnshire Police.

The police department issued a statement later that day, saying that three men had been “arrested in connection with [the] burglary”.

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“Officers attended the pharmacy at around 3.39am…and located two men in the pharmacy,” it said.

“A third man was located in the nearby area,” police continued.

The statement said that “all three men – aged 47, 39, and 33 – were arrested on suspicion of burglary”.

The 39-year-old man has been "released with no further action", according to Lincolnshire Police. Meanwhile, 47-year-old Stephen Bartholomew of Station Road, Wainfleet has been charged with burglary, the force revealed this afternoon (February 10).

Local police urged anyone with any information to call 101 and quote incident 22 of February 9.


Lloydspharmacy: Lydney man charged with burglary and stealing meds


Meanwhile, Gloucestershire police were called to a Lloydspharmacy in Lydney to attend a report of a break-in earlier this week.

A Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesperson told C+D today (February 10) that police “were called to a report of a break-in at the pharmacy in Lydney” at “around 10.50pm on Wednesday (February 8)”.

They confirmed to C+D that the incident occurred at a Lloydspharmacy branch on Newerne Street in Lydney.

Police attended the scene and “arrested a 39-year-old man from the Forest of Dean on suspicion of burglary”.

Steven Care-Slade, of Acorn Drive in Lydney, was “charged with burglary of a pharmacy and stealing medication on Wednesday 8 February”, they said.

Mr Care-Slade was due to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court today, they added.


Man charged with Rowlands attempted robbery


Finally, a Rowlands branch on Charlotte Dundas Court in Grangemouth, Scotland, was the victim of an “attempted robbery” on Monday (February 6).

Police Scotland told C+D yesterday (February 9) that “a 47-year-old man has been arrested and charged” following the incident.

They said that an “attempted robbery” took place at a Rowlands pharmacy on Charlotte Dundas Court in Grangemouth at “around 4.30pm” on Monday.

The man was due to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Wednesday (February 8).

"Fortunately, no staff or customers were hurt" during the incident, a Rowlands spokesperson told C+D.

"Rowlands will be providing the pharmacy team with employee assistance programme services should they require emotional support,” they said.

They continued: “There was no damage sustained to the pharmacy during the incident.”

Detective Sergeant Chris Scott of the Falkirk criminal investigation department thanked the public “for their assistance during our enquiries into this incident”.

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