Police seek good samaritans who came to aid of boy who collapsed following drug seizure

Crime / Tue 31st Oct 2017 at 02:16pm

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ESSEX Police are trying to trace witnesses who went to the aid of a teenage boy who was taken ill after being given what is believed to be a psychoactive substance.

Police received reports the 17-year-old was with two other teenage boys in East Walk, Harlow, at around 3pm on Tuesday, October 24 when one offered him a cigarette.

He was unaware it contained a psychoactive substance.

The teenager collapsed and became seriously ill. The two other boys left the scene.

He required hospital treatment and has since been discharged.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Jo Snell said: “Several members of the public stopped to help him until an ambulance arrived.

“I am keen to speak to them as they may have information that can help with the investigation and would ask them to please get in touch.

“I would like to take this opportunity to remind people of the dangers of these substances, which although commonly known as ‘legal highs’, their production, distribution, sale and supply is banned in the UK.

“In many cases, they can be significantly stronger than even traditional types of illegal drug.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Dc Snell at Harlow CID on 101 or report online at www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online

Alternatively, they can contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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