WARNING: 'Contaminated drugs' in Amesbury

Archers Gate Incident Amesbury June 2018 (ellie Harries)

Published by Ellie Harries at 2:07pm 2nd July 2018.

Two people have fallen ill so far and police are urging drug users to be extra cautious.

Police are issuing an urgent warning to drug users in the south of Wiltshire after two people fell seriously ill in Amesbury over the weekend.

A man and a woman, both in their 40s, were found unconscious in a property on Muggleton Road on Saturday evening in the Kings Gate estate.

Emergency services, including police, fire and rescue and ambulances all attended the scene.

Archers Gate Incident Amesbury June 2018 (ellie Harries)

The pair are currently receiving treatment at Salisbury District Hospital and are both in a serious condition.

Det Sgt Eirin Martin, from Salisbury CID, said:

"At this stage we believe the two patients have fallen ill after using from a contaminated batch of drugs, possibly heroin or crack cocaine.

"Of course, we would always advise against the taking of any illegal drugs, but, following the incident over the weekend, we are urging drug users to be extra cautious.

"Our main priority is the safety of the public, which is why we have taken this unusual step of issuing this warning about drugs which may be in circulation in the south of the county.

"We are also asking anyone who may have information about this batch of drugs to contact police.

"You can contact us anonymously if you prefer, we just need to know how these people came to fall ill and where the drugs may have been bought from or who they may have been sold to."

Police are continuing investigations in the Amesbury area so they are asking the public not to be alarmed by their presence.

DS Martin added:

"At this stage there is nothing to suggest there is any risk to the wider public."

Anyone who can help is asked to call Salisbury CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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