Essex Police have opened an investigation into four ‘drug-related deaths’ in 48 hours after the bodies of a woman and three men were discovered.
The force have since issued an urgent warning to “not take any illegal substances at any time but particularly not at this time.”
Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “At this stage it is not clear if these deaths are linked but we remain open minded about that possibility and our enquiries are ongoing.
“We believe the deaths are all related to the taking of illicit drugs. I would urge people not to take any illegal substances at any time but particularly not at this time.”
Essex Police confirmed the deaths in a statement, a spokesman said: “We are investigating following four suspected drug-related deaths in south Essex and are warning the public against taking illegal drugs.
“Yesterday (Monday 29 July) a man in his 20s was found dead at an address in Leigh-on-Sea and a woman in her 30s died in Westcliff.
“Then today (Tuesday 30 July) a man in his 40s died at an address on Canvey Island and a man in his 20s was found dead in Benflett.”