BREAKING: Police identify 6th drug-related death in 3 days as officers probe Class A link


POLICE are investigating the death of woman thought to be the sixth drug-related death in the last 72 hours.

Essex Police

SIX: Essex Police have said a sixth person has died in a drug-related death (Pic: GETTY)

Essex Police have confirmed a woman in her 30s was found dead in Southend, Essex on Sunday Morning. 

The death marks the sixth drug related death in three days after three men and two women were found dead earlier in the week. 

Police believe all six deaths may be linked to the sale of Class A drugs in the area, although this has not yet been confirmed. 

“We are concerned by these deaths and have dedicated officers working around the clock to investigate the circumstances”

Chief Superintendent Kevin Baldwin

Police have said tests are ongoing to identify exactly what substance or substances are involved, but the drugs are thought to be Class A.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Baldwin said: “We are concerned by these deaths and have dedicated officers working around the clock to investigate the circumstances.

“At this stage we believe these incidents are contained to the south of the county but part of our enquiries is to see whether other parts of Essex are affected.

“We believe the deaths are linked to the taking of Class A drugs and are carrying out tests to establish exactly what the substance or substances involved are.

“Until we have the results of those tests we’re not going to speculate about what’s involved or how it was taken.

“Our message is clear though – if you are considering taking Class A drugs, please don’t.”

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