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UPDATE: Woman released on bail as one man remains in hospital following drug overdoes in Bury St Edmunds

Superintendent Andrew Mason ANL-150521-161856001
Superintendent Andrew Mason ANL-150521-161856001

A 41-year-old woman has been bailed in connection with suspected drugs overdoses in Bury St Edmunds which left five people in hospital.

Three arrests have been made as part of the investigation. A quantity of class A drugs were seized during the arrest and testing has now confirmed them to be Heroin and Crack Cocaine.

A 19-year-old man and 18-year-old man, both from London, were arrested on Thursday, May 21. Both have since been bailed while investigations continue.

The ambulance service was called at 11.38am on Wednesday May 20, to an address in Ashwell Road, Bury St Edmunds, where a man in his 40s was unconscious.

They were then called at 3.10pm to an address in Priors Avenue to a man in his 30s, at 5.43pm to an address in Tayfen Road to a woman in her 20s and at 8.30pm to St Andrews Street North to a man in his 30s.

All four individuals were admitted to West Suffolk Hospital and a fifth man presented himself to hospital with concerns for his welfare having taken an illegal substance.

One man currently remains in the hospital in a stable condition, after another discharged himself Friday morning. The three others were discharged by the hospital.

Supt Andrew Mason said “Our investigation into these incidents continues and I am pleased that all five individuals appear to be making a recovery.

“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. Our priority remains the prevention of any further harm to any members of the public. There is significant risk involved in taking any illegal substance as these cases have shown and our message is clear – taking drugs is dangerous and can result in serious illness or even death.

“We would encourage anyone who takes drugs to seek help from one of the many support agencies available in Ipswich or Suffolk-wide.”

Cllr Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Health and Adult Care, added: “These incidents are a cause for concern. I would urge people under no circumstances to take any illegal drugs, which as we have seen can have devastating consequences.

“If you have taken illegal drugs, or if you know someone who has become unwell after taking illegal drugs and needs urgent medical care, call 999 immediately and ask for the ambulance service.

“For drugs and alcohol information and advice in Suffolk, call our new integrated service provided by Turning Point on 0300 1230872.”

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.


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