Pain-killers stolen from lorry

A general view of tablets and capsules. Taking multivitamin and mineral supplements does not appear to prevent older people being struck down with infections, researchers said, Friday August 5, 2005. It is estimated that at least 10% of older people have a vitamin or mineral deficiency, which can lead to poor immunity against illness and a greater risk of infection. But evidence on whether they help to prevent infections remains unclear. See PA story HEALTH Vitamins PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Photo Credit should read: FIONA HANSON/PA.
A general view of tablets and capsules. Taking multivitamin and mineral supplements does not appear to prevent older people being struck down with infections, researchers said, Friday August 5, 2005. It is estimated that at least 10% of older people have a vitamin or mineral deficiency, which can lead to poor immunity against illness and a greater risk of infection. But evidence on whether they help to prevent infections remains unclear. See PA story HEALTH Vitamins PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Photo Credit should read: FIONA HANSON/PA.
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A TRAILER containing industrial quantities of pain-killing drugs has been stolen from a St Helens haulage yard.

The flat back trailer was pinched from Kelly’s Haulage firm in Abbotsfield Road, Sutton, on the night of November 8.

On the back of it was an oxide red container which contained 300 drums – each containing 50 kilograms of the drug acetaminophen, which is the key active ingredient in paracetemol.

Although the drug is commonly found in most households and used for pain relief and to manage high temperatures, if taken in excessive amounts it can cause potentially life-threatening liver damage.

Detectives from St Helens CID are now investigating the theft and believe the trailer was removed from the premises by a white tractor.

The trailer does not have a vehicle registration plate but the red container has the serial number CAIU 8665560 on the side, front and rear.

Supt Nikki Holland, from the St Helens Police command team, said: “With this trailer containing such a significant quantity of pharmaceuticals, it is important that we get it back before someone comes to serious harm.

“The drums contain the pure constituent of paracetamol, acetaminophen, and are not suitable for human consumption.

“Taken in unprescribed doses they can cause severe liver damage which, if not treated by a transplant, is likely to lead to death.

“I would urge people to be on the look-out for a trailer matching this description either on the motorways or parked up on industrial premises and call the police if they see it.

“I would also stress to anyone who comes into contact with these stolen drugs that they are incredibly dangerous if taken in large doses.

“We are doing everything possible to get the trailer and container back to the rightful owners.”

Anyone with information can call police on 0151 709 6010 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.