Warning after double drugs death in Torquay
A DOUBLE drugs death in Torquay has prompted detectives to warn users about the lethal mix of substances they use — particularly over the festive break.
The bodies of two men, both local and believed to be friends, were found fully clothed on a bed at a flat in Lisburne Crescent late on Thursday night.
Their deaths are being treated as suspected drugs overdoses. Next of kin have been informed.
One of the men was in his late 20s, the other in his early 30s.
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Detectives who examined the scene off Babbacombe Road on Christmas Eve later removed a quantity of controlled and prescription drugs, including some blue tablets which will be the subject of toxic analysis.
Acting Det Insp Chris Yarwood, of Torquay CID, said there were no apparent suspicious circumstances.
But he did warn: "It's very unusual to have two deaths together like this. For this reason we would urge anyone taking drugs in the Bay to be very careful about the mix of chemical substances they are using.
"Clearly, there should be concerns about the strength of substance mix in illegal drugs. These may well be doing the rounds in the local area. That's why people should be mindful. We don't want any more tragedies like this."
He revealed that there was evidence that a cocktail of drink and drugs had been used at the property.
Both men were seen walking along Babbacombe Road at 5.30pm on Thursday.
Just over five hours later they were found dead on the same bed in the fourth floor flat lived in by one of the men.
The men have not yet been formally identified but the men's next of kin have been informed.
DI Yarwood said: "Formal identification will not take place until later this week because of the festive bank holidays and we expect the post mortem examination results to follow."
South Devon coroner Ian Arrow has been informed of the deaths — and an inquest to take formal evidence of identity will be open later this week.
A post-mortem examination will be carried out beforehand at Torbay Hospital where the bodies were taken late in the morning of Christmas Eve.
The alarm was raised by the girlfriend of the man living at the flat.
She could not contact him, so a neighbour forced entry and discovered the grim scene at 10.30pm.
Police and paramedics were subsequently called. Efforts to resuscitate the pair were not successful and they were pronounced dead at the scene.
DI Yarwood emphasised: "We want people to be especially careful over the holiday period, especially in the light of these deaths.
"We know illegal drugs are taken, perhaps more so at this time of year. We need to stress that people simply do not know what they are taking.
"Those who produce these drugs make mistakes with their strength. There is no way to guarantee that their potency will not be excessively high. This can lead to tragic consequences."