Police investigating two 'drug-related' deaths in Hyndburn

First published in Hyndburn

POLICE are investigating the sudden deaths of two people in separate incidents in Hyndburn which could be linked to drugs.

Police were called to by the ambulance service to an address at Victoria Street, Church, at about 10.40pm last night (Monday) where they found the body of a 40-year-old man.

At 1.29am today (Tuesday) police were called to an address at Wellington Court, Accrington, where the body of a 36-year-old woman was found.

Police believe both deaths were drugs-related.

Detective Inspector Jill Johnston said: "We are investigating two deaths at separate locations where drugs may have been a factor. It is too early to say whether the cause of the deaths are connected, but we are concerned that there could be a particularly strong or contaminated batch of Class A drugs in the area and I would urge anyone who uses drugs like heroin or cocaine and who may be concerned to contact their local healthcare provider.

"Anyone who has information about the supply of Class A drugs or who has any knowledge about where this particular batch may have come from should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 immediately.

"We have circulated a warning to our partners in the healthcare agencies and those that offer support to drug users."

A 51-year-old woman from Accrington has been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs and is being questioned.

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