Police probe into deaths of three heroin users

Issue 664

TESTS are under way to see if a tainted batch of heroin may have killed three men in Dewsbury.

Police confirmed they have linked the deaths of Trevor Barlow, his nephew Jamie and 51-year-old Phillip Holderness.

The latest incident happened last Thursday when Mr Barlow was found dead at his home in Dorset Walk.

A man later identifed as Jamie Barlow was found collapsed in the market hall toilets on November 14 and later died in hospital.

Mr Holderness, believed to have five children, died at his home on Old Westgate on November 28.

Toxicology results could take at least two weeks.

In the meantime all three deaths have been referred to coroners.

Det Insp Andy Parr, of Huddersfield CID, said: “We’re investigating three recent drugs deaths.

“There is no indication that there was a bad batch of heroin but, as with any drugs death, toxicology will now map the result.

“Obviously it’s dangerous to take drugs in any event and there is always a risk with these kind of offences.”

Anyone with information about any of the deaths can call Det Insp Parr on 101.

Drug users can call Kirklees Lifeline for help on 01924 438383 or 01484 353333, or visit www.lifelinekirklees.org.uk.

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