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Diazepam stolen from Stevenage company

Nearly 4,000 packs of a prescription drug that can cause drowsiness and is dangerous if taken with alcohol have been stolen in Hertfordshire.

Police want to recover two boxes of the tranquiliser Diazepam which were stolen in early February from a pharmaceutical firm in Stevenage.

A 28-year-old Stevenage man has been arrested and charged with theft.

The drug can cause potentially serious problems such as drowsiness and difficulty breathing, police said.

"This risk increases when combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other drugs," a Hertfordshire police spokesman said.

Det Sgt Gez Ellis said: "Diazepam should only be used by people who have had it prescribed to them by a medical practitioner.

"It can prove highly addictive and can cause fatalities if taken incorrectly.

"We are concerned that a large number of these tablets have gone missing and would ask anyone who might be offered these drugs or who has any information about their whereabouts to get in touch with police."

Police said the arrested man was due to appear at St Albans Magistrates' Court on 16 February.

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