VIDEO UPDATE: Drugs involved in five suspected overdoses were of ‘extremely high purity’

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Drugs of ‘extremely high purity’ were involved in suspected overdoses which left five people hospitalised in Bury St Edmunds, police have revealed.

Three men and a woman were rushed to West Suffolk Hospital by ambulance on Wednesday, May 20 while a fifth man presented himself at the hospital.

Superintendent Andrew Mason ANL-150521-161856001

Superintendent Andrew Mason ANL-150521-161856001

All five have been discharged and toxicology results confirmed their conditions were caused by the high purity of substances taken - believed to be heroin and crack cocaine.

Three arrests have been made as part of the investigation and a quantity of class A drugs were seized during the arrests, which were later found to be heroin and crack cocaine.

Detective Inspector Nick Power said: “Our investigation into these incidents continues and it is pleasing to hear that all five individuals have made a recovery.

“The results of the tests on those affected have shown that the substances they consumed were extremely high purity – which had serious effects. This starkly shows the danger of using class A drugs of any kind – it is impossible to know the strength or detail of what you are using and they can result in serious illness or even death.

“Although we have seized a quantity of drugs believed to be linked to these incidents, we cannot be completely sure that these are the drugs that were taken by the affected individuals. We also don’t know if any of the affected drugs remain in circulation.

“I would therefore urge anyone in possession of class A drugs of any kind not to take them, but to dispose of them or hand them in. We would also encourage anyone who takes drugs to seek help from one of the many support agencies available in Bury St Edmunds or Suffolk-wide.”

Those taken to hospital were a man aged in his 40s, in Ashwell Road, Bury at 11.38am; a man in his 30s, in Priors Avenue, at 3.10pm; a woman in her 20s, in Tayfen Road, at 5.43pm and a man in his 30s, in St Andrews Street North at 8.30pm.

A 41-year-old woman from Bury St Edmunds was arrested on Friday May 22 on suspicion of supplying a Class A drug. She has since been bailed to return to Bury Police Investigation Centre on 08/07/15.

A 19-year-old man from London was arrested on Thursday May 21 on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He has since been bailed to return to Bury Police Investigation Centre on 30/06/15.

An 18-year-old man from London was also arrested on Thursday May 21 on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. He has since been bailed to return Bury Police Investigation Centre on 08/07/15.

Anyone in possession of drugs can hand them in anonymously to drug and alcohol treatment provider ‘Turning Point’ in Looms Lane, Bury St Edmunds. They can be contacted on 0300 1230872.

If you have information about the supply of this or other illegal drugs call Suffolk Police on 101 or pass information anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

For drugs information and advice visit the Talk To Frank website: www.talktofrank.com or call the 24/7 National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00.