Wiltshire Police has issued an urgent warning about the dangers of illegal drugs after a 23-year-old man was left fighting for his life.
The man, from Swindon, is in a critical condition after he consumed a small green pill with a dollar sign on it, officers believe.
Forensic tests are being done on the tablet to find out what type of drug it is.
Det Insp Lisa Clarke said: “What is really disturbing in this case is the sheer pace at which this man’s health declined.
“His temperature was extremely high so paramedics rushed him to hospital, where he is now critically ill.
“I would urge everyone to steer clear of illegal drugs of every variety but it seems this incident might be linked to a specific drug – a small green pill which has a dollar sign on it.
"I am concerned that there may be a quantity of contaminated illegal drugs in our communities which, if unchecked, could result in further illness.
“If anyone has taken this drug in the last few days, we would urge that you seek immediate medical attention and anyone with information as to where it is being sold should contact us straight away. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111555.
A Trowbridge nursery has gained a welcome donation from a milk thief who didn't realise it was small children that his actions were affecting.The man in his mid forties from Trowbridge was caught by officers stealing milk from outside the nursery this morning.
His arrest follows a number of reports in recent weeks of milk having gone missing from the nursery's twice weekly deliveries.
Following a discussion with staff the matter was resolved by local resolution with the man making a £200 donation to the nursery.
Community Beat Manager Jamie Darvill said:'Local Resolution allows us the discretion to deal with minor offences in a way that recompenses the victim and allows the offender to make a meaningful apology.'
Wiltshire Police are continuing to appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of Carl Harris, 43 from Amesbury. Carl was last seen on Platform four of Salisbury Railway Station at 11:05 am on Monday 1st July 2013.
At this stage it is not believed he boarded a train. Carl requires daily medication which he has not taken with him. Police say it is very out of character for him not to have any contact with his family.
Allan Johns, who lives in the north of the county, has been appointed on a part time basis. If a member of the public makes a complaint to Wiltshire Police and is not satisfied with the way the Force has decided to deal with it they have the right to appeal that decision.
Mr Johns will review these complaint appeals and determining whether the findings and actions by Wiltshire Police should stand or be changed. This was previously carried out by the national Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which now only deals with a very limited number of appeals.
Allan Johns is an emeritus professor at The University of Bath. He has experience in reviewing complaints and appeals as he was chairman of Wiltshire Police Authority's Professional Standards Committee for four years.
Wiltshire Police have announced their new Deputy Chief Constable (DCC). Mike Veale, who has been the temporary DCC for almost a year is the winning candidate. He said:
“I am really proud and privileged to have been selected. I do not underestimate the significant responsibility this exciting and challenging role brings.
“The force continues to be one of the top performers in the country, not only in terms of reducing crime and anti social behaviour but also being one of the least costly and providing value for money.
“The force priorities over the coming months are to maintain that success, continue to prevent crime, protect the most vulnerable in society and improve the high quality service we provide to local communities.
“We will build on the continued support of the people who live and work in Wiltshire and listen to their views so that we are able to tailor the service to meets their needs and expectations.
“I would also like to pay tribute to our officers and staff who remain dedicated to public service and, despite some of the daily challenges they face, continue to be selfless in their endeavours to keep people safe.
“Leadership is made slightly less challenging when you are amongst so many who are so courageous and committed to their local communities.”
Wiltshire Police is urging anyone with information on the large scale criminal damage to vehicles in Swindon last week to come forward. They have released CCTV pictures of a man they would like to talk to.
Almost 100 cars were damaged – with many having their tyres slashed, on several residential roads in and around the Old Town area of Swindon between 3am and 5am on Thursday 21st February 2012.
More than 70 cars had their tyres slashed in Swindon overnight. Vandals struck in Old Town in the early hours of the morning. Police say they are doing everything possible to catch those responsible. This footage showed the damage done in just two hours.
Wiltshire Police can now confirm that it has received more than 70 reports of criminal damage to vehicles in Swindon early this morning. Many of the cars had their tyres slashed in a vandalism spree between 3am and 5am. Earlier reports suggested the number of cars damaged was closer to 150.
Supt Gavin Williams said: "This sort of crime absolutely beggars belief. The victims of these crimes are hard-working families who have lawfully parked their vehicles outside of their homes. This is a particularly pointless, idiotic crime and I am keen to bring those responsible to justice."
Vandals slashed the tyres of about 150 cars in Swindon overnight. Most of the damage was done to cars in five town centre streets between 2am and 5am today. A large number of police officers are now in the area speaking to victims and witnesses.
Wiltshire Police Inspector Joe Saunders said: "These offender(s) have been brazen in the sheer number of vehicles they have damaged early this morning. I would like to reassure the local community that Wiltshire Police is taking this incident very seriously."