Police investigate three deaths linked to drugs

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Police are investigating three recent deaths in Dewsbury that have been linked to drugs.

The latest involved in a 47-year-old man who was found dead at his home in Dorset Walk yesterday.

He has since been named as Trevor Barlow.

His death comes just weeks after a man died in hospital after he was found unconscious in Dewsbury Market Hall toilets, on November 14.

That man was Jamie Barlow. An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on November 19.

The Reporter understands Jamie Barlow was Trevor Barlow’s nephew.

A 51-year-old man also died on November 28 at his home address in Dewsbury town centre.

We understand that man to be Philip Holderness.

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

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

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

Chris Lawton, adult service manager at Lifeline Kirklees, said: “Our sympathies go out to the families, and communities affected by these deaths.

“We urge anyone that is using, or contemplating using, substances to come forward to services so that we can talk to them about their use.

“We can be contacted on 01924 438383 or 01484 353333, or check us out on www.facebook/lifelinekirklees or www.lifelinekirklees.org.uk for more information.”