Detectives are issuing a warning to the public after potentially dangerous medication was stolen during a robbery at a Weymouth pharmacy.

Dorset Police received a report at 10.15am on Tuesday 24 December 2019 that a man had entered Wessex Pharmacies Ltd in Avenue Road in possession of a kitchen knife and demanded fentanyl patches.

He then entered a staff area and took two boxes of patches before leaving the scene. The patches are used as prescribed pain medication and contain a strong opioid drug.

The offender is described as white and around six feet tall. He was wearing a black beanie hat, black snood, black sunglasses, a lightweight jacket and blue jeans.

Detective Sergeant George Graham, of Weymouth CID, said: “At this stage we cannot account for the whereabouts of the patches and they can be extremely dangerous and even lethal if used inappropriately without medical advice.

“We would urge anyone who comes across any suspicious looking medical items not to touch them and please inform police immediately.

“This must have been a very frightening ordeal for the staff at the pharmacy and I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about the man involved to please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190201275. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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