A 36-YEAR-OLD man has died after taking heroin from a suspected rogue batch.
Three other people also needed treatment at Queen Alexandra Hospital – with one man still in a critical condition.
Three men have this afternoon, been arrested by Hampshire police, on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class A drug.
The men from Hampshire, aged 58, 48 and 32, remain in police custody for questioning.
Police have revealed the 36-year-old man was taken ill at an address in Almondsbury Road, Paulsgrove, yesterday afternoon.
He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead later the same day.
Police are informing the man’s next-of-kin before releasing his identity.
A 39-year-old woman at the same address in Paulsgrove was also taken ill. She was later discharged from hospital.
Similar reports were received yesterday relating to a 40-year-old man in Southsea, who was later discharged from hospital, and a 33-year-old man in Fareham, who remains in a critical condition.
Detectives are making enquiries into a suspected link between all four people and the same batch of heroin.
Hampshire Constabulary’s Portsmouth District Chief Inspector Phil Jones said: ‘We’re investigating the possibility that a particular batch of heroin may have been a factor.
‘The cause of death has not been confirmed. A post-mortem examination is due to take place later this week.
‘Drugs have been seized as evidence for analysis, and officers are speaking with people to establish more details about the movements and behaviour of all four people in the hours and days before they were taken ill.
‘We are continuing to work closely with partner agencies, to issue warnings and advice to drugs users in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas about what has happened.
‘I am grateful for their rapid response and significant support in this situation. Police have a duty to protect all members of the public from harm, including those who may be vulnerable and at risk from taking an illegal class A drug.’
Anyone wanting a confidential chat or seeking support should call the independent Cranstoun drug agency on (023) 9275 1617, or if you’re under 25 contact Switch on (023) 9282 5140.
Family or carers should contact the rebound service on 07939 580167.
Anyone with information about this batch of heroin, should call 101, or the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.