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Local pair sentenced for Amble drugs haul theft

17 Aug 2017 13:00 PM

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Two men have been sentenced after the theft of drugs including methadone and morphine from a chemist in Amble. 

In the early hours of Sunday, August 13, officers attended the scene after Boots Chemist on Queen Street was broken into.  

Using a spade to smash the window of the premises, the local pair then ripped a safe containing the assortment of controlled drugs from the wall, causing extensive damage to the premises in the process. 

It was reported that the drugs, including methadone, morphine and oxycodone were attempted to be sold following the targeted attack. 

Officers arrested Colin Moore, 35, later that day then caught up with James Easton, 26, two days later.

Moore of Straffen Court was sentenced to 16 weeks.  Meanwhile Easton of Leazes Street was handed down a 16 week suspended sentence and a fine for his role in the burglary. 

Neighbourhood Inspector for Amble Liz Hall said: "This was a planned attack for which I'm pleased to see a custodial sentence has been given. I'd like to send a message to would-be burglars in rural Northumberland - there is no hiding place. Offenders like this pair believe they can disrupt our communities but we will continue to pursue you in a bid to keep our county one of the safest places to live in the UK."