FOUR people have been arrested as part of an ongoing police investigation into the illegal sale of prescription-only drugs.

Police were alerted after a pharmacy audit revealed painkillers and sedatives were missing.

Officers searched several home addresses in Yeovil earlier this month and seized a variety of prescription-only medications.

A man in his fifties and a woman in her thirties were arrested on suspicion of possessing a medicinal product with intent to supply, not in accordance with a prescription.

Another man, aged in his thirties, and a woman in her fifties were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to sell/supply prescription-only medicine not in accordance with a prescription.

All four were later released on bail pending further enquiries and the investigation continues.

East Somerset area commander chief inspector Andy Pritchard said: “The sale of prescription-only drugs without an appropriate prescription is an offence over and above the inherent risk of taking a drug without the right medical assessment.

“We’re in the early stages of our investigation and will continue to work closely with the NHS to make sure our communities are safe.”