Police probe suspected drug deaths in Burnley, Nelson and Colne

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Police are investigating the sudden deaths of three men in separate incidents in Burnley, Nelson and Colne which could be linked to drugs.

Police were called by the ambulance service to an address at Tennis Street, Burnley at 11-15 p.m. yesterday where they found the body of a 52-year-old man.

They were then called to an address in Colne at 11-33 p.m. where they found the body of a 36-year-old man and were called to an address in Eagle Street, Nelson, at 12-18 a.m. today where they found the body of a 32-year-old man.

Although the deaths are currently being treated as unexplained at this stage they are believed to be drugs related.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Dixon said: “We are investigating three 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 batch of heroin in the area and I would urge anyone who uses heroin and who may be concerned to contact their local healthcare provider.

“Anyone who has information about the supply of heroin or who has any knowledge about where this particular batch may have come from should call police or Crimestoppers immediately.

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