Police warning as Sheffield man made ‘violent’ by mystery drug

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A third person has been treated in hospital in Sheffield after taking an unknown drug which caused alarming changes in his behaviour.

The 21-year-old Sheffield man was taken to the Northern General at 9.30pm on Wednesday, police revealed, after taking a powder while out on West Street.

Officers said the drug made him very violent. He ran between streets endangering himself and others and had to be restrained by police. He is now ‘stable’ in hospital.

Det Sgt Mick Hakin said the powder had been tested and found to contain high-strength chemicals. CCTV footage is now being studied.

The incident follows another a month ago when two boys, aged 16 and 17, fell seriously ill after taking green pills at an event in Attercliffe.

Police in Sheffield today urged clubbers and people on nights out to be extra vigilant.

“We’re concerned as this is the second incident where clubbers and people on a night out have suffered a severe adverse reaction due to taking a substance,” said DS Hakin.

“The incidents may not be linked, but we need to trace the suppliers of these drugs, one of which is being referred to as N Bombs or Smiles.

“If anyone is offered any of these substances we’d urge them to get in touch with us immediately or, if they have already been consumed, they should seek urgent medical attention.

“We’d discourage anyone from possessing or consuming such psychoactive-based substances and warn members of the Sheffield night scene to take extra care.

“Everyone should be aware of the potential dangers of using such drugs.”

Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs relating to the incident in Attercliffe and have been released on police bail as inquiries continue.

Anyone with information is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.