A man has been arrested after a pharmacy was raided and a large amount of medication was stolen.

The theft happened at Boots on Stamfordham Road, Cowgate, shortly before 3.20am on Monday.

Those responsible stole a variety of strong painkillers from the Newcastle store – prompting police to warn the public of the potential dangers of taking any unprescribed drugs.

The 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary by officers investigating the incident. He is in police custody "assisting officers with their enquiries".

A quantity of drugs, which believed to have been stolen from the premises have also been seized by officers.

PC Daniel Burke, of Northumbria Police, said:

I would like to thank those members of the public who have come forward and assisted us with the investigation since the appeal earlier this week.

PC Daniel Burke, Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 170 101119 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.