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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.

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.

Fingerprints to be used for drug screening

Norfolk company given nearly half a million pounds to develop the technology Credit: ITV Anglia

A Norfolk company which has developed new technology to detect drug-use through people's fingerprints has been given almost half a million pounds to improve drug screening services in hospitals.

Intelligent Fingerprinting, a spin-out firm from the University of East Anglia, will use it to develop its technology.

Drug dealer ordered to bay back £30,000

A drug dealer from Cambridgeshire has been ordered to pay back £30,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

Keith Finch, who's 63 and comes from Wisbech, was jailed for two years for possession with intent to supply class A drugs at Cambridge Crown Court in April last year.

He admitted the charge but claimed he was looking after the drugs for another man.

Now he's been ordered to pay £30,000 in compensation. He has been given 12 months to pay or faces a further 12-month prison sentence.

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