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Kent Police investigates supply of drugs

Kent Police is investigating the supply of drugs following a number of medical incidents in Thanet and Canterbury.

Officers were called to a property in Station Road, Westgate-on-Sea, just after 2am on Monday 22 January 2018 where it was discovered that four people had fallen ill. Paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) were called and three people were taken to hospital. The fourth person was admitted later that day.

Officers were also called on the same day to Margate Road in Margate at 8.07am to a report of a man causing a disturbance on a bus. And at around 4pm on Tuesday 23 January to concern for a man at a property near to Station Road. Both men were taken to hospital for treatment.

Warning of similar reports

Kent Police was informed by SECAMB of further, similar reports. In total nine people were taken to hospital, one of whom remains in a serious condition. Detectives believe this was an isolated incident as all nine people had been together at the property in Station Road on Monday 22 January. 

Arrest

A 33-year-old man from Birchington was arrested on Friday 26 January 2018 on suspicion of poisoning and supplying a controlled drug. He was subsequently released pending further enquiries.

In a separate incident Kent Police was made aware of two men that were taken to hospital during the early hours of Sunday 28 January 2017 after falling ill in Canterbury. One of the men, from Birmingham and aged in his 20s, has since died.  

Detectives are not directly linking these incidents but are investigating the circumstances around the drugs supplied in these areas. They are also working with partner agencies, including Public Health Kent, who are warning people of the dangers.

Raising awareness

Local officers from Kent Police will be out in the community raising awareness of the reports and ensuring those who are likely to come into contact with drugs are aware of the risks and know how to seek advice and information from the relevant agencies.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact Kent Police as soon as possible on 101 or call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

To read the warning by Public Health Kent visit https://kccmediahub.net/public-health-east-kent-statement745

 

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