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Brick-wielding robber smashes consultation room

Greater Manchester Police: Stolen drugs could cause "serious harm"

A woman stole packs of painkillers dihydrocodeine and diazepam from Westpoint Pharmacy in Burnage, Greater Manchester Police said

A robber carrying two bricks smashed a glass panel and stole controlled drugs in a raid on a Manchester pharmacy, police have said.

The woman “posed as a potential customer” when she entered Westpoint Pharmacy in Burnage shortly after 8am on Sunday (August 23), Greater Manchester Police said. She asked the pharmacist for a prescription “which could not be found”, police said.

The woman left the premises and returned “a short time later” carrying two bricks. She smashed a panel in the consultation room and stole two packets of “high-strength" painkillers dihydrocodeine and diazepam, police said. She then “made off” down nearby Slade Lane, they added.

The robber is described as white, aged between 35 and 40, around 5' 1" tall, with a "medium build" and dark, shoulder-length hair, police said. She spoke with a Manchester accent and wore a black, thigh-length, waterproof hooded coat with black jeans and dark footwear, they added.

Police constable Neil Ross warned the robber and the public that the stolen drugs should only be taken “under strict guidelines” and carried a “serious risk of harm”. Anyone who is offered the drugs should call 999 immediately, he stressed.

Anyone with any information relating to the incident should call the police on 0161 856 4973 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, police added.

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N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

In search for a sensational story, C&D has reported an absolutely messed up story. On a different note, looking at the history of past many cases (where the robbers have always targeted drugs that are sometimes difficult for the dispensary staff to locate, leading to dispensing errors) is it safe to guess these people are (or can be) well trained dispensary assistants ???? How could a stranger to a pharmacy know exactly where are these medicines stored, without having taken a tour of the dispensary in the past ?? I have personally taken a good few days to understand a dispensary layout whenever I changed jobs !!! There is some kind of an internal hand in all these robberies that is never investigated or reported, I guess !!!

James Mac, Community pharmacist

I've heard of bizarre things happening in pharmacy robberies. Some clever thieves broke windows with their bare hands it seems, and used their blood to daub circular designs over the window and frame. Another one broke in through a skylight just to burn a stack of dispensed prescription forms on the floor. I think he made off with a small amount of pregabalin.

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

A half baked article with the crucial details missing. I suppose the missing drugs are the most important thing. Whether the pharmacist or their colleagues got bricked in the face is totally irrelevant.

Chris ., Community pharmacist

I am confused.......were the diazepam and dihydrocodeine being stored in the consultation room or were they demanded for and given to her then she smashed the panels in a rage????

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