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Investigation into suspected Billingshurst heroin overdose

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SUSSEX police have confirmed a woman was found dead this morning (August 1), following a suspected heroin overdose.

At 12.30am, in response to a call from ambulance personnel, police attended a flat in Bridgewater Close, Billingshurst.

There they found a 33-year-old woman being treated by paramedics for a suspected heroin overdose. She did not respond and was pronounced dead at 1.30am.

A 21-year-old man who was present in the flat, and who had also used heroin, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.

He was treated at the East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, before being taken into custody pending interview.

Police say a post-mortem examination of the body will be held and the coroner has been informed,

Detective Inspector Dave Wardley Wilkins, of the Sussex Police priority crime team, said: “This is one of three deaths in West Sussex in as many days, all of which are believed to have involved drugs.

“There is no reason to link them at this stage, but it is clearly something we are mindful of as we await the results of post-mortem examinations and forensic tests in each case.”

He added: “Drugs can have a devastating effect on the lives of individual drug users, their families and the wider community. Any drugs-related death means a personal

and tragic loss of life for that person’s loved ones and this should never be forgotten.”

Police warn that illicit drugs are always fraught with danger, with purity and adulteration both key issues, and anyone using them may put themselves at risk.

Anyone who has any information on the supply or selling of illegal drugs is urged phone Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk to pass on details.

Alternatively they can speak to any police officer or their local Police Community Support Officer, or if they prefer, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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