Hertfordshire Constabulary have warned the public to be vigilant following a series of suspected drugs overdoses in recent days.

Officers were alerted by the ambulance service just after 10pm on August 19 to reports that a man had collapsed at an address in Peartree Lane, Welwyn Garden City, following a suspected overdose.

While the man received treatment, a further three men became unwell. All four were taken to hospital by ambulance following suspected heroin overdoses.

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Just after midnight on August 20, officers were made aware by paramedics that a fifth man had collapsed from a suspected drug overdose at an address in Knella Road. He was also taken to hospital for treatment.

Inspector Spencer Neil said: “Earlier this week Public Health England (PHE) issued a warning of a sharp rise in the number of overdoses linked to people using drugs in several areas across England.

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“Although at this early stage there is no evidence to suggest the incidents in Welwyn Garden City are linked to other overdose cases across the country, I would like to urge those who use drugs, particularly heroin, to be extra cautious about what they are using, and how much.

“The full PHE advice can be read on the Government website.

“As always, if you have any information about suspected drug dealers in your neighbourhood, please contact police online at herts.police.uk/report, talk to one of our Force Communication Room operators via web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, or call our non-emergency number 101.

“Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

“Hertfordshire Constabulary will be working with PHE, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Crime Agency who are leading the investigation into the recent rise in overdose cases across the country.”

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