Third Arrest After Suspected Overdoses

22 May 2015, 12:04 | Updated: 22 May 2015, 12:08

A 41-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with 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.  Toxicology tests are being carried out to establish the cause of the medical conditions.

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. The detail of what drugs were taken remains unclear but it is suspected that it is likely to have been heroin or crack cocaine.

The woman from Bury St Edmunds, was arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class A drug.  She is currently being held in Bury Police Investigation, where she will be questioned.

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.

A quantity of class A drugs have been recovered as a result of the arrests to date but it is not yet known whether these are specifically linked to the overdoses and whether more are in circulation.  Police are therefore continuing to remind communities of the dangers associated with taking illegal substances and urging anyone in possession of these drugs to dispose of them safely or hand them in.

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: or call the 24/7 National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00.