Police have condemned the theft of medical supplies that were stolen from an ambulance while paramedics treated a patient in Edinburgh.
The bag of controlled drugs was taken from staff while they attended an incident in Caledonian Road in the Dalry area of the Scottish capital at around 9.20pm on Saturday.
Whoever stole the green nylon rucksack – emblazoned with the wording “Emergency Medical Response” – has been warned that the drugs could be dangerous if taken or administered without the necessary medical training.
Police have issued an appeal calling for anyone who saw the theft take place to get in touch.
Inspector Gill Lundberg said: “Stealing from emergency service workers trying to help someone is a despicable act.
“While the theft of this equipment has not impacted on the care of the patient, I am concerned what could happen if the stolen drugs were to be taken by a member of the public. These drugs can be dangerous if misused.
“I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the theft, or knows where these items are now, to contact police immediately.”
:: Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 4228 of 17 November.