Warehouse Project clubber in coma from taking drugs one week after death of Nick Bonnie – arrest made

By Danielle Wainwright

A partygoer believed to have taken drugs at Manchester’s The Warehouse Project on Friday is in a coma as police warn dealers to expect the ‘full weight of the law’.

The incident comes after the death of Nick Bonnie who died last weekend after taking drugs at the club.

The 32-year-old woman is thought to have taken a small amount of drugs with a male friend when she began to feel unwell. She was seen by an on-site doctor and rushed to hospital where she remains in a drug-induced coma.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and bailed until October 13. In an unrelated incident, two men aged 19 and 21 were also arrested for drug offences after being searched by security at the door. Both remain in police custody.

Chief Superintendent Mark Roberts said: “Event organisers at the Warehouse Project have been working closely with police and due to the diligence of staff there, two men were arrested for drugs offences last night.

“It was due to swift intervention from medical staff at the venue that last night, a woman who was feeling unwell after taking only a small amount of drugs, was able to quickly receive urgent medical treatment at hospital. 

“This once again highlights just what a lottery it is for your health if you choose to do drugs – you cannot know how your body will react to the chemicals you are ingesting, and more importantly, you simply do not know what chemicals are actually in the drugs you are taking. 

“Those who deal drugs have no regard for people’s health or wellbeing and GMP will continue to work with event organisers across the city and with the community to tackle this issue.”

Since the death of Mr Bonnie, Greater Manchester Police have urged organisers of the Warehouse Project to put a number of additional measures in place including extra officers to work with security staff.

CS Roberts added: “Following the tragic events of last weekend, officers from GMP have been working closely with the organisers at the Warehouse Project and partner agencies to look at the plans in place. 

“These unscrupulous dealers that sell drugs have no regard for people’s health and we need to work together to tackle this issue. 

“Anyone found to be dealing drugs at The Warehouse Project, or any other venues across Manchester, can expect to be arrested and will feel the full weight of the law upon them – we simply will not tolerate it.” 

Image courtesy of Shaun Murphy via Flickr, with thanks.

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