Drug deaths could be linked to others

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POLICE probing the suspected drug deaths of two Wigan men say they cannot rule out links to other fatalities in the North West.

Jordan Chambers, 19, and 28-year-old Gareth Evans, also known as Gaz or Gary Ashton, - both of Poolstock - died within hours of each other earlier this week.

They had both taken four or five brightly coloured and heart-shaped Ecstasy pills prior to taking ill, the symptoms including blindness and disorientation.

Several other people who had also taken similar pills and heard what had happened to the two Wigan men then presented themselves at hospital, although it is believed that none’s condition was life-threatening and indeed all have now been discharged.

But at a press conference held at Wigan Police headquarters, Supt Andrea Jones said that her main aim was to prevent further deaths, warning people to give the distinctive pills a wide berth.

And when asked whether the death of two people in Derbyshire last week and of a 26-year-old Liverpool FC fan on Saturday - which are all thought to be linked to contaminated drugs - she said she could not rule out a link.



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