Live updates

Advertisement

Hospital's warning over potentially-fatal heroin batch

One man died and four other people were taken to hospital with suspected heroin overdoses in just 48 hours, a hospital said.

It has prompted a warning from doctors about what they believe is a particularly potent batch of heroin being used in the area.

The medics say it is unusual to have so many separate cases of drugs overdoses in such a short space of time.

Olivia Paterson sent this report.

Advertisement

Warning over potent batch of heroin

Doctors have issued a warning about a potentially-fatal batch of heroin which has killed one man and led to a significant increase in overdoses among drug users.

A total of five patients have been taken to Milton Keynes Hospital for treatment so far.

Emergency medicine consultant Vimal Desai said doctors would usually expect to see one or two overdose cases a week but had seen all five in just 48 hours at the end of last week.

He added: “The reaction suggests an overdose of heroin, which appears to be a lot more potent than normal.

"It slows down their breathing and knocks their consciousness-level down.

“We would like to warn anyone thinking of taking these drugs that it may be a more potent batch, which can have a much more detrimental effect and can be fatal.”

Police have confirmed they are investigating the death of a man.

Bletchley man jailed for drugs crimes

Clifford Hall has been jailed for drugs offences

A 31-year-old man from Bletchley who was part of a gang involved in a multi-million pound scheme to import the cutting agent benzocaine into the UK has been jailed for seven years.

Clifford Hall, of Whaddon Way, was found guilty of assisting in the supply of class A drugs, possession of a class B with intent to supply, possession of a class C drug with intent to supply and possession of a class C drug, following a trial at Preston Crown Court.

Hall was importing large amounts of benzocaine into the country from China, with the packages being delivered to Burnley and Ripley, in Derbyshire. The packages were then transported via Manchester back down to Milton Keynes.

Load more updates