Northern Ireland

Quantity of prescription opiates found on popular Co Down beach

Location is used by families, children and dog walkers

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Police Stock Police urged the public to be vigilant (Niall Carson/PA)

The public has been urged to be vigilant after a “significant” quantity of suspected opiates were found on a beach in Co Down.

The PSNI removed the tablets, believed to be opiate painkiller Tramadol, from Cloughey beach on Wednesday afternoon.

The tablets were in plastic blister packs and were sent for further examination.

Police carried out a wider search and have appealed for the public to be cautious.

A spokesperson said the beach was popular with families, children and dog walkers.

.“Please be aware of the severe dangers of taking any drugs, or counterfeit medication, which have not been prescribed by your doctor,” the spokesperson said.

“And please be especially careful when it comes to your children who may be walking or playing on the beach.”