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Mystery medicine package delivered

PUBLISHED: 16:48 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:22 03 July 2010

Wrong recipient: Terry De'Ath received an unexpected delivery at his Hemsby amusement arcade.

Wrong recipient: Terry De'Ath received an unexpected delivery at his Hemsby amusement arcade.

DRUGS to treat cancer and heart disease were amongst hundreds of prescription medicines mistakenly sent to a Hemsby businessman.

Terry De'Ath was amazed to discover medicines worth thousands pounds in a box despatched to his Newport Road amusement arcade.

DRUGS to treat cancer and heart disease were amongst hundreds of prescription medicines mistakenly sent to a Hemsby businessman.

Terry De'Ath was amazed to discover medicines worth thousands pounds in a box despatched to his Newport Road amusement arcade.

The box measuring about 2ft long was addressed to Mr De'Ath who says it contained around 200 individually packaged medications.

It was delivered two weeks ago along with a consignment of flashing lights for Mr De'Aths' business, Crystal Palace Amusements.

The 56 year old grandfather then contacted the police and courier TNT Express who finally collected the medicines on Tuesday this week.

Mr De'Ath said: “I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened the box - it is a complete mystery why this was sent to me. There was no invoice or anything to indicate where the medicines should have been delivered.

“I only opened a handful of packages, my wife Sally wrote down some of the names and checked to see what they were on the internet.

“There were tablets to treat breast cancer, heart disease and blood pressure and creams for skin diseases like psoriasis.

“I had to make several phone calls to TNT and threaten to get the medicines destroyed at a pharmacy before the package was collected.

He added: “I presume these medicines should have been sent to a chemist, but it's worrying what might have happened if they had got into the wrong hands.”

A TNT Express spokesman said: “The package was sent to Terry by mistake and the drugs are now with their rightful owner.

“We are investigating how this happened, we would like to apologise and thank Terry for contacting us.”

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