1. ITV Report

'Lethal' batch of drugs warning following Rhondda teenager's death

Police are warning a potent batch of drugs could be circulating in the Rhondda Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Detectives investigating the sudden death of a 17-year-old boy say a lethal batch of drugs could be circulating in the Rhondda.

Officers were called to the boy's home in Treherbert on Monday. He died after being found in cardiac arrest.

A short time later, a second male from Treorchy was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

Police say two people have been arrested in connection with the death.

They believe both of the men had been supplied with drugs, possibly opiates, at the weekend that had caused them to fall ill.

They warned people in the area to be especially cautious.

I would appeal to anyone who is considering taking drugs in the area – even those who are regular users and believe they know what they are taking – to think twice about doing so. It is highly likely that a lethal batch of drugs is circulating and I would urge anyone who believes they may have had an adverse reaction or anyone who falls ill as the result of taking drugs to seek medical attention as a matter of urgency.

– Detective Inspector Sara Bradbury, South Wales Police