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28th November 2011

Drug warning - Police urge clubbers to seek medical attention if unwell

Two unexplained deaths cause concern about a possible bad batch of ecstasy following events at Alexander Palace this weekend

Police are issuing an urgent appeal to clubbers to seek medical attention following the unexplained deaths of two men who had attended events this weekend at Alexandra Palace.

The men, aged 20 and 21, were admitted to a north London hospital this morning. The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at 00.30hrs, the 20-year-old at 07.29hrs. A third man, aged 20, remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The first man is thought to have attended an all-night event on Friday into Saturday. The other two are believed to have gone to a separate event at the same venue on Saturday into Sunday.

The cause of the deaths and injury is yet to be established, however a line of enquiry is that the men may have taken illegal substances, possibly MDMA.

Officers are now recommending that anybody who attended either of the events, and who took substances they may now be concerned about, seeks medical attention at the earliest opportunity.

Detective Inspector Rita Tierney said: "Although it is too early to say what caused these men's health to deteriorate, we are investigating the possibility that illegal drugs may have been involved. If you have taken what you believed to be MDMA, or any other substance, during this weekend's events at Alexandra Palace, and are now feeling unwell, I would strongly urge you to attend your nearest hospital as soon as possible."

Organsisers of the event have issued the following statement

Alexandra Palace and Lock N Load Events  are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the fatalities that have occurred over the weekend, which the metropolitan police believe may be linked to illegal drug taking.

Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to the family and friends of the men who passed away this weekend. We would like to ask everyone to keep the concert goers and their families in their thoughts and prayers.

We have a zero tolerance to drugs and employ security teams to enforce all measures possible to protect visitors to the Palace. We are assisting the authorities in their investigations into these tragic incidences.

We would urge anyone that took illegal substances at the event this weekend to seek urgent medical attention if they are feeling unwell.

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