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Police hit out at LSD notice

PUBLISHED: 15:26 05 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

IPSWICH police are today slamming a hoax notice warning of the dangers of a tattoo which it claims is laced with LSD.

The notice which looks as though it is from the Metropolitan Police is being found in the Martlesham and Martlesham Heath areas and states that tattoos called blue star, red pyramid, or window pane, are being sold to school children.

IPSWICH police are today slamming a hoax notice warning of the dangers of a tattoo which it claims is laced with LSD.

The notice which looks as though it is from the Metropolitan Police is being found in the Martlesham and Martlesham Heath areas and states that tattoos called blue star, red pyramid, or window pane, are being sold to school children.

It claims the brightly coloured designs contain the dangerous drug and can be absorbed through the skin simply by handling the paper.

Suffolk police want to make it clear that this has not been produced by anyone connected with them and there is no truth in the claims.

It warns parents that the transfers that come wrapped in foil can give a child a fatal trip. It also states that older children are selling them to younger children to try and drum up new business.

It describes frightening symptoms that a child may experience including severe vomiting, hallucinating, changes in body temperature and mood changes.

Beat manager at Martlesham and Martlesham Heath, Pc Jim Stirling-Yeatman said: "These are being put up in the Martlesham area on telegraph poles and all around. It is causing parents great concern, especially so close to going back to school.

"I want to make it absolutely clear that these are a hoax and I urge people not to get upset.

"If they see the posters in the Martlesham area then please let me know so that we can deal with it quickly. I have already had a couple of people inquiring and I just want to get the message out in the open that there is no truth in it."

The Evening Star reported on these posters back in June, when they first appeared, and police warned parents not to take them seriously.

Chief Inspector of Community Safety Mark Cordell said at the time, "These posters can be very damaging, they raise unnecessary fear in the community and undermine the validity of genuine appeals."

Research has been carried out in to the claims and inquiries by the Forensic Science Services have revealed that there is no truth and it is simply an urban myth.

If anyone in the Martlesham area is worried about the posters they can contact Pc Stirling-Yeatman on Ipswich 383467.

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