UPDATED: Police give drug warning after man taken ill at Brownstock festival dies in hospital (From Southend Standard)
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UPDATED: Police give drug warning after man taken ill at Brownstock festival dies in hospital
4:15pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in Echo News
A man has died after being taken ill at the Brownstock music festival in Stow Maries.
The man in his 30s was taken ill after using what is thought to have been a form of 5-EAPB.
He was admitted to Basildon Hospital today but died several hours later.
Police said his girlfriend is being treated at the hospital and her condition was said to be stable.
A second man, a friend of the couple, is also undergoing tests at the hospital.
All three are from central Essex.
It is believed the substance was bought over the internet to be used at the music festival.
Warnings about the drug have been circulated today to people attending the last night of the festival this evening.
Anyone with information about the drug or how the three people became ill should contact Acting Detective Sergeant Ray Hull at Chelmsford police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Festival director Ralph Broadbent said: “Our thoughts are, of course, very much with the family and friends of all those concerned; everyone here is shocked and saddened by the events of last night.”
After liaison with Essex Police, it was agreed festival organisers would immediately broadcast a message alerting all those who remained at the festival for its final night to avoid any substances of unknown origin.
The medical team was also on standby to offer confidential advice to anyone with concerns.
Mr Broadbent said the festival did not condone drug use and had a strict anti-drugs policy with sniffer dogs and searches at the entrance.
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