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Peaches' heroin 'was more than double normal purity'

Police investigating the death of Peaches Geldof found "importation quality" heroin hidden in her home that was more than double the normal level of purity.

Forensic scientist Dr Peter Cain analysed the brown powder found and concluded that it was 6.91 grams of heroin with a purity of 61%.

The coroner ruled Peaches Geldof's death was drug related.
The coroner ruled Peaches Geldof's death was drug related. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, who led the investigation, told the inquest that the drugs would have been worth £350 to £550.

The officer said that it "far exceeded" the 26% purity usually found at street level.

Investigation continues into who supplied Peaches with heroin that killer her

The inquest into Peaches Geldof's death has found that she died after taking high purity heroin at her home in Wrotham.

There is an ongoing investigation into who supplied Ms Geldof with the heroin.

The last known movements by Peaches on Sunday 6th April saw Peaches post a picture with her mother onto 'Instagram’.

Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home in Wrotham Credit: PA

The last known contact Peaches had is at 7:45pm when she had a telephone conversation with a friend she had recently sent a message to.

Various people, including Thomas Cohen made attempts to contact Peaches as the evening progressed; Thomas made a call to Peaches that night but got no response.

On Monday 7th April, Thomas Cohen made repeated efforts to contact his wife but had no success.

He arrived at the home address with his mother where he went upstairs thinking that Peaches was asleep.

Thomas then located Peaches in a spare bedroom - where it became obvious to him that she was dead.

Peaches was located on the edge of a bed and was slumped forward onto the bed.


Peaches inquest: Drug equipment found next to body

The initial assessment of the scene found that Peaches had taken heroin and collapsed and died on the bed.

Detailed searches of the whole premises took place and located heroin and various items used for the preparation and consumption of heroin.

Next to the bed was a box containing a capped syringe with a small amount of a brown fluid left in the main chamber and some residue/fluid inside the cap - which forensics have found to contain traces of heroin.

Persons taking heroin on a regular basis develop a tolerance to the drug, and such individuals can use doses that would be toxic, or fatal, to people with no tolerance. However, tolerance to heroin (and other opiate drugs) appears to be lost fairly rapidly when users cease to use the drug, and deaths commonly occur in people who have previously been tolerant and have returned to using heroin”

– Dr Harris

Evidence suggests high purity heroin killed Peaches

Peaches Geldof died after taking high purity heroin when her body had lost its tolerance to the drug, an inquest has heard.

ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports from the hearing:


Evidence Peaches body had lost tolerance of heroin after she successfully came off so high purity stuff she took killed her


Drugs paraphernalia found in box near where Peaches body was in spare bedroom, post mortem found puncture marks on her,

Peaches died night before she was found with son in house


Police found high grade heroin valued between £350 - £550 at the home of Peaches Geldof after her death #peachesinquest


Police reveal the sad news that Peaches probably died the night before she was found. Her younger son was in the house.

The inquest heard that Peaches' son was in the house with her the night that she died. A pathologist confirmed that she probably died the night before she was found.



Peaches hid drugs in loft of family home, husband says

Peaches Geldof hid her drug use from her husband, hiding heroin in the loft of their family, her husband Thomas Cohen told an inquest.

Mr Cohen told the hearing his wife had started taking heroin again in February and he had witnessed her flushing drugs down the toilet at their home in Wrotham, Kent.

Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen pictured together in February last year.
Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen pictured together in February last year. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The musician confirmed that he had gone to stay with his parents in southeast London with the couple's two sons, Astala, two, and one-year-old Phaedra, and that she had seemed fine when he spoke to her on several occasions over the weekend.

The inquest heard that Mr Cohen's father, Keith, had seen Ms Geldof when he dropped her youngest child home to her and she appeared fine. Mr Cohen said he had last spoken to his wife at 5.40pm on Sunday April 6.

Heroin found by body of Peaches Geldof


Police confirm Peaches body was found bedside a syringe containing traces of heroin #peachesinquest


Peaches Geldof's husband Tom confirms she had drug relapse in the months before her death. #peachesinquest

Three cyclists injured in hit and run

Three cyclists were injured in a hit and run in Kent last night.

The collision happened just after 10pm on the A2 coastbound just before the Bridge turn off near Canterbury.

Three cyclists were reported to have collided with a vehicle which then left the scene.

Two men aged 24 and 25 from Cumbria and a 24-year-old man from South Derbyshire were injured.

Their injuries are not life threatening. One was flown to Kings College Hospital in London, the other two were taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

A section of the coastbound carriageway was closed temporarily so that the air ambulance could land. It reopened just before midnight.

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