Essex: Two Deaths After Music Festival

Two people have died following a music festival in south Essex.

A man fell ill at Brownstock in Stow Maries yesterday (Sunday 1 September) after apparently taking an amphetamine called 5-EAPB.

He died at Basildon Hospital several hours later.

His girlfriend and a friend of the couple are also being treated in hospital for consuming the party drug.

Essex Police suspect the substance was bought online and have issued an urgent warning about the amphetamine following the man's death.

On Sunday an Essex Police spokesman said: "Warnings about the drug have been circulated today to people attending the last night of the festival this evening''.

The three festival-goers are from central Essex. No further details about the dead man have been released.

It comes as a man has died after being hit by at least four cars near South Woodham Ferrers.

It happened on the B1012 Lower Burnham Road near the junction with Fambridge Road at around 10.45pm on Saturday(31 August).

Essex Police believe the man, who is in his 30s and from Surrey, had been at Brownstock and had walked towards Fambridge either across the fields or along the roadside.

Detectives say they want to hear from anyone who saw the man walking in the area at that time. He was wearing blue denim shorts and might have been bare-chested.

Any collision witnesses or anyone with information about events leading to the incident, should contact the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email

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