Essex Police has reissued its warnings about a potentially dangerous batch of drugs that are in circulation in the County, particularly in the Chelmsford area.
Officers gave out a warning on Thursday evening after eight people were taken ill after possibly taking crack cocaine or heroin.
Four people still remain in hospital in a stable condition as a result. Today, police made a renewed appeal for anyone who may have brought heroin or cocaine in the past 48 hours not to take it.
Chief Inspector Ronnie Egan, District Commander for Chelmsford, said: “People may have purchased drugs for recreational use over the weekend. I would urge them to throw them away or better still tell us where you brought them so we can find those responsible and remove the drugs from our streets. If you are worried about talking to us directly, them please do the right thing and make a call to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously. You can also give them information online via the website.
People can contact Chelmsford CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers anonymous online form can be found on the charity’s website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Information and support for people who may be concerned about drugs is also available from support group Open Road. Its helpline number is 0844 4991323.
A 35-year-old woman from Chelmsford was arrested in connection with the incidents in the early hours of this morning. She is being questioned on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and remains in custody.