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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Man's death linked to 'bad batch' of illegal drugs

A 'bad batch' of cocaine and heroin has been linked to a man's sudden death.

Police say the 28-year-old was found dead in a property on Station Road, Workington, on Sunday.

A number of other people have reported "significant adverse effects" with some requiring hospital treatment.

A police statement said: "These drugs may be linked to one fatality already. However, this cannot be confirmed until further toxicology results are obtained.

"It is not known if these drugs are dangerous because of their purity or because of harmful adulterants that they may have been mixed with."

Detective Sergeant Catherine Vargas added they were collating information from the various reports to try and identify the source.

"As well as pursuing the suppliers of these drugs it is vital that we get the warning to users so that they are fully aware of the risks of taking these illegal substances.

"In reality they could contain anything and you may well suffer the consequences if you take the risk,” she said.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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