A man has been rushed to hospital after police fear he took medication intended for animals.

GP Vets practice on Worting Road was raided overnight on Tuesday, June 30, with thieves stealing a large quantity of drugs. 

Police issued an urgent appeal to the public not to take the drugs and to report any information to the police.

Last night, they re-issued their plea after they revealed a man in his 40s is in serious condition after he is thought to have taken Iso Flo, drugs used to keep animals asleep so that vets can perform surgeries without them waking up.

Police have arrested a 36-year-old man from Basingstoke who remains in police custody.

Basingstoke Gazette: IsoFlo is used to treat animals IsoFlo is used to treat animals

A spokesman for the police said: "It is believed the man, who is in his 40s, may have taken some medication intended for animals that had earlier been stolen from a veterinary clinic in Hampshire.

The man was taken to hospital after the Ambulance Service attended a property in Basingstoke Town Centre at around 7.20pm this evening (June 30). He is currently in a serious condition.

Basingstoke Gazette: The practice had boarded up its doors after the robberyThe practice had boarded up its doors after the robbery

The spokesman said: "We are reiterating the warning that taking medications which are not prescribed for you and are not intended for human use, can have a significant and serious effect on health.

"Anyone who has taken animal medicines or who knows someone who may have taken them, should seek medical help immediately.

"One of the liquid preparations in particular - if inhaled, consumed orally or injected - could cause a severe reaction which could prove life threatening. It comes in a bottle branded 'Iso-Flo' and contains Isoflurane."

The drugs were taken from the clinic on Worting Road, Basingstoke, between 8.30pm on June 29 and 5.55am on Tuesday, June 30.

If anyone is offered these drugs or has any information about their whereabouts, please call 101 and quoting 44200238349.

If you find any suspicious drug packaging, bottles or canisters discarded, we would also ask that you don’t touch them but do get in touch with us by calling 101 and we can arrange to pick them up safely.

A 36 year old man from Basingstoke has been arrested and currently remains in custody.