Bury St Edmunds Drugs Investigation Ongoing

Police are continuing their investigation into suspected drugs overdoses in Bury St Edmunds.

The ambulance service was called at 11.38am on Wednesday 20 May, 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 this morning. The three others were discharged by the hospital. 

Police were alerted to the incidents Wednesday evening and an investigation is now underway with the health service to establish the circumstances and any links. No further similar reports have been received.

Three arrests have been made as part of the investigation.  A quantity of class A drugs were seized during the arrest and testing will now be carried out to identify the nature of the substances.

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.”

A 41-year-old woman from Bury St Edmunds was arrested today on suspicion of supplying a Class A drug. She will be questioned at Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre.

A 19-year-old man from London was arrested yesterday, Thursday 21 May 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 yesterday, Thursday 21 May, on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.  He has since been bailed to return Bury St Edmunds 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 on0800 555 111 .

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

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