Manchester

Man dies and five taken ill after event at Warehouse Project

Warehouse Project
Image caption The people were all attending the Warehouse Project on Trafford Wharf Road

Police are investigating whether a "bad batch of drugs" caused the death of a man who collapsed at Manchester's Warehouse Project.

Officers were called to Manchester Royal Infirmary in the early hours following the death of the 30-year-old, believed to be from Gloucestershire.

Five other people attending the Trafford Wharf Road venue were taken to hospital after taking a drug, thought to be ecstasy, police said.

They are currently receiving treatment.

Det Insp Aaron Duggan said: "It is possible that there may be a particularly bad batch of drugs out there in the community and that is a concern to us.

"If you attended The Warehouse Project last night and are feeling unwell, I would ask you to go to hospital for a check up as soon as possible."

'Zero tolerance policy'

A spokesperson for the venue said: "Everyone at The Warehouse Project are devastated about the news and our condolences are with his family.

"We are assisting the police with their ongoing inquiries surrounding the circumstances of the man's death.

"The Warehouse Project operates a zero tolerance policy with regards to drugs, however if you have taken something and start to feel unwell please tell a member of staff."

Greater Manchester Police said the people recovering in hospital were believed to be a friends of the man who died and a woman unconnected with the group.

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Media captionCh Supt Mark Roberts said the other people were "making a recovery"

Ch Supt Mark Roberts said the drugs taken by the six were thought to have come from two sources.

"If people buy drugs in these circumstances, you really don't know what you're getting and it could be fatal the first time you take it.

"I don't think it's worth the gamble and people need to be aware of the dangers", he said.

"We have seen different drugs from different suppliers.

"One has sadly led to the death of someone - someone else has been seriously ill - so there is a really chance that if you take these drugs, you could become very ill or die."

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