Police are urging the public to be cautious after a bag containing prescription medication was stolen in Wallasey.

A woman was walking along Poulton Road, Wallasey, at about 5.30pm on Thursday,  February 18, when her handbag was stolen.

The handbag contained a box of 60 tablets of the morphine-based painkiller "Zomorph." 

Following advice from medics officers are warning people that this medication should only be taken by those who have been prescribed it.

The tablets can cause drowsiness if taken in high doses, and can be dangerous if taken by someone with liver damage.

It can also be harmful to children.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident on Poulton Road, or anyone who has been offered any of the medication to contact them on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone who finds any of the medication should hand it in to any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number.