Trading standards to investigate sale of 'legal highs' at Bolton Market after death of man who smoked Psyclone
TRADING chiefs will investigate legal highs on sale at Bolton Market following the death of Michael Marshall — who collapsed 15 minutes after smoking a herbal incense then died the same day in hospital.
Mr Marshall, aged 38, was listening to the football on the radio with his friends when he collapsed on Sunday, September 29.
He had been smoking the incense called Psyclone which was sold on Bolton Market with a warning that it was “not for direct inhalation”.
Trading standards at Bolton Council say they will now investigate the incense on sale at the market.
A council spokesperson said: “We are looking into how this product is being marketed and sold and will be liaising with the relevant agencies.”
Mr Marshall was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital, where staff alerted police to his death.
Police are now investigating, but said there were no suspicious circumstances.
They added that the cause of Mr Marshall’s death had not yet been established. Mr Marshall’s death also prompted a stern warning from police about the dangers of legal highs.
Det Sgt Rob Parker said: “We do not yet know how the man died but we are of course working with the coroner to establish the full circumstances.
“Worryingly we know the man and others he was with had smoked herbal incense.
“The sole purpose is to use it as a legal high, and, faced with what we know, we feel it is incumbent upon us to send out what will appear to most to be an extremely obvious safety message.
“Put simply, do not smoke herbal incense. It is not for direct inhalation and you do not know what effect it will have on your wellbeing.”
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