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Police warn of tainted drugs after London gay club death

Contaminated drugs may be circulating in UK capital after death and collapses on gay scene. Plus another man collapses in gay Soho sauna on same night
Men were taken to St Thomas' Hospital after taking suspected contanimated drugs.

Police are worried London’s gay clubbers may be offered contaminated drugs after one man died and three others had to be hospitalized in just one night.

As Gay Star News reported yesterday, the man who died and two others who fell ill were at gay scene venues in Vauxhall, south London – an area popular with clubbers.

More details of the incidents – and information about a separate case of a man who fell ill in a gay sauna in Soho, central London – have now emerged.

All four incidents were in the early hours of Sunday (5 August).

Paramedics were first called to Area club, which plays house music and is popular with gay men, just after 4am to help a 25-year-old man who had fallen ill and collapsed.

London Ambulance service told GSN: ‘We sent two ambulance crews, a responder in a car and an officer to the scene, with the first staff arriving within four minutes.

‘Extensive efforts were made to resuscitate the patient at the scene and on the way to St Thomas’ Hospital.’

He was declared dead at 5am. A post mortem will be held soon and an inquest into the death will follow.

Ambulances were again called to help two other men, one conscious and the other unconscious, at just before 4.40am and again at 5.10am. One was at Area and the other at a nearby gay bar and club called Barcode.

Both men were taken to nearby St Thomas’ Hospital and are stable but under close observation.

The dead man and the other man from Area were found to have what police describe as ‘a white powder of unknown content’, which detectives think caused or contributed to their illness.

But another case at Sweatbox, a gay gym and sauna club in Ramillies Street, Soho is not thought to be linked.

A 52-year-old man fell ill and collapsed at 7.30am on Sunday. He is believed to have taken what police say is ‘an illegal liquid drug’.

He is now in a stable but serious condition in hospital.

As a result, police have warned clubbers to be exercise extreme caution if they are considering taking drugs.

In particular, they fear the Vauxhall incidents may have been related to a contaminated batch of drugs and want witnesses to come forwards to help get those taken out of circulation before more people fall ill or die.

If you know anything about the incidents in Vauxhall, call DS Janet Barracks on +44 (0)20 8721 3597, or A/DS Will Lexton-Jones on +44 (0)20 8217 3662. After 10pm contact DS Gordon Barclay on +44 (0)7785 774 477. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on +44 (0)800 555 111.

To share information about the incident at Sweatshop contact DS Grant Lander on +44 (0)20 7321 9367.

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