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Drugs alert as woman fights for life in city park
Updated 7:31am Tuesday 24th June 2014 in News
A WOMAN was fighting for her life last night after she collapsed in a park from a suspected reaction to drugs.
Police cordoned off part of Palmerston Park in Southampton city centre while paramedics battled to save her.
The 38-year-old had been found seriously ill in the park at about 3.40pm yesterday.
The drama came amid fears that a “bad batch” of illegal drugs could be circulating among users.
A police spokesman said: “Hampshire police are working closely with partner agencies in Southampton to highlight the dangers of illegal drugs following a number of incidents in the city in recent weeks.”
Homeless man Leon Ingraham, below, told the Daily Echo how he discovered the woman and immediately called for help.
The 38-year-old said: “Her lips were going blue.
"The paramedics were trying to resuscitate her. They were trying to make her breath with a machine. The police are saying it could be a bad batch.”
Anyone with information about illegal drugs should contact Hampshire police on 101 or the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111, where information can be given anonymously.