A warning has been out to the public and vets after veterinary drugs were stolen from a delivery lorry.

Ten 100ml bottles of Micotil — a prescription only antibiotic used to treat respiratory conditions in sheep and cattle — were taken from a lorry, parked on an industrial estate in Prescot, Merseyside, overnight on 7-8 October.

Merseyside Police has warned that the drug, which is packaged in cardboard with Spanish labelling, could prove fatal if taken by humans.

PC Dufton Kelly said: “We believe this was simply an opportunist theft, which has left the offenders with a rather unusual product on their hands and little opportunity for gain.

“We would like to alert the veterinary industry, particularly in the Merseyside area, in case the goods are handed in or offered for sale.

“The drugs could present a danger to the public if they fall into the wrong hands.”

Anyone who finds the drugs should contact Merseyside Police on 0151 709 6010.