Spilt party drug at Brighton police station in John Street causes major alert

Firefighters in John Street, Brighton

Firefighters in John Street, Brighton

First published in News by , Crime reporter

A PARTY drug which spilt at Brighton Police Station sparked a major incident.

Firefighters were called when the half-litre bottle of liquid chemical GBL spilled on to the carpet at Sussex Police station in John Street, Brighton, on Friday afternoon.

Two engines from Brighton attended at 2.20pm to decontaminate the office affected by the drug, an irritant to the skin and eyes, understood to be at the police station as evidence.

Brighton fire station commander Richard Chamberlain said: “We were called to a small chemical incident inside the police station.

“When we arrived we were faced with a small amount of colourless liquid that had spilled out of a plastic bottle inside the office. We were told it was the chemical GBL.

“We consulted our chemical experts and sought the protective equipment required to deal with the chemicals and went into the office and brought it out into the open air and made it safe.

“We brought the bottle and all the contaminated items into open air, where we decontaminated it and have handed it back to police.

“No one was harmed and no one had any liquid on their skin.”

The liquid is “not highly toxic as chemicals go” Mr Chamberlain said, but is best kept away from the skin and eyes.

Firefighters were on the scene until about 5pm but the building was not evacuated. Two engines from Brighton attended.

GBL – gammabutyrolacton – is converted to GHB shortly after entering the body and produces a feeling of euphoria as well as sleepiness and can reduce inhibitions.

It has become a popular party drug, partly because it is relatively cheap, but it has been blamed for deaths, including that of Sussex University student Hester Stewart in 2009.

The drug has also been linked to sexual assaults because it can knock people out.

It is a Class C drug with legitimate uses but it is an offence to supply or possess the drug knowing it will be ingested. Possession is punishable by up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine, while supply can be punished by up to four years in jail. Mr Chamberlain said he did not know how the chemical was spilled.

A Sussex Police spokesman said the incident was “under investigation”.

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9:11am Sat 23 Aug 14

Anna Phylactic says...

Whooooooooooooo! Paaaaaaaaarrrtyy!
Whooooooooooooo! Paaaaaaaaarrrtyy! Anna Phylactic
  • Score: 8

10:00am Sat 23 Aug 14

Trickee says...

Only the Argus claim it to be a major incident...pathetic attempt to glamorise a non story.
Only the Argus claim it to be a major incident...pathetic attempt to glamorise a non story. Trickee
  • Score: 20

10:35am Sat 23 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

Trickee wrote:
Only the Argus claim it to be a major incident...pathetic attempt to glamorise a non story.
Still, party at the Police station and Officers taking class C drugs- now THAT would be a story.
[quote][p][bold]Trickee[/bold] wrote: Only the Argus claim it to be a major incident...pathetic attempt to glamorise a non story.[/p][/quote]Still, party at the Police station and Officers taking class C drugs- now THAT would be a story. Goldenwight
  • Score: -18

11:25am Sat 23 Aug 14

whatsisname says...

what a waste lol
what a waste lol whatsisname
  • Score: 4

11:40am Sat 23 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

"We were told it was the chemical GBL. We consulted our chemical experts and sought the protective equipment required to deal with the chemicals and went into the office and brought it out into the open air and made it safe. "

What a bunch of fairies!!

People take the stuff, fgs, so the protective clothing was total overkill.
"We were told it was the chemical GBL. We consulted our chemical experts and sought the protective equipment required to deal with the chemicals and went into the office and brought it out into the open air and made it safe. " What a bunch of fairies!! People take the stuff, fgs, so the protective clothing was total overkill. notslimjim
  • Score: -24

11:41am Sat 23 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

"We were told it was the chemical GBL. We consulted our chemical experts and sought the protective equipment required to deal with the chemicals and went into the office and brought it out into the open air and made it safe. "

What a bunch of fairies!!

People take the stuff, fgs, so the protective clothing was total overkill.

I do hope the clothing in question was pink, because it would suit them so much.
"We were told it was the chemical GBL. We consulted our chemical experts and sought the protective equipment required to deal with the chemicals and went into the office and brought it out into the open air and made it safe. " What a bunch of fairies!! People take the stuff, fgs, so the protective clothing was total overkill. I do hope the clothing in question was pink, because it would suit them so much. notslimjim
  • Score: -19

12:42pm Sat 23 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

So it's illegal?
"It is a Class C drug with legitimate uses but it is an offence to supply or possess the drug knowing it will be ingested".
Seems to suggest if it's not going to be ingested it's OK to have it?
So it's illegal? "It is a Class C drug with legitimate uses but it is an offence to supply or possess the drug knowing it will be ingested". Seems to suggest if it's not going to be ingested it's OK to have it? sussexram40
  • Score: 4

2:02pm Sat 23 Aug 14

TIMBURRY says...

Nice way to explain the loss of sum of the evidence
Nice way to explain the loss of sum of the evidence TIMBURRY
  • Score: 5

9:30pm Sat 23 Aug 14

P.Dant says...

Kids should call the fire brigade if they spill this stuff.
Kids should call the fire brigade if they spill this stuff. P.Dant
  • Score: 13

9:34pm Sat 23 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

Why are police allowed to take drugs into work?
Why are police allowed to take drugs into work? NickBrt
  • Score: 4

10:36pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Stoney33 says...

2 fire engines, a load of firefighters and the use of some experts when a mop and bucket would have sufficed

this country gets worse
2 fire engines, a load of firefighters and the use of some experts when a mop and bucket would have sufficed this country gets worse Stoney33
  • Score: 1

11:05pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Anna Phylactic says...

Why was the bottle open in any case?
Why was the bottle open in any case? Anna Phylactic
  • Score: 4

11:16pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Reader9000 says...

Stoney33 wrote:
2 fire engines, a load of firefighters and the use of some experts when a mop and bucket would have sufficed

this country gets worse
Was it Ebola? Get a grip. Bleach the freaking carpet.
[quote][p][bold]Stoney33[/bold] wrote: 2 fire engines, a load of firefighters and the use of some experts when a mop and bucket would have sufficed this country gets worse[/p][/quote]Was it Ebola? Get a grip. Bleach the freaking carpet. Reader9000
  • Score: 1

3:18pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

There's no use crying over spilt GBL
There's no use crying over spilt GBL Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

9:10pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

A Sussex Police spokesman said the incident was “under investigation”.

Like...why was it not bagged and in evidence ...how did it get spilt...what the F was it doing under the desk....

"Lessons will be learnt" "words of advice" pmsl the Police in Sussex.... Something's just never change...
A Sussex Police spokesman said the incident was “under investigation”. Like...why was it not bagged and in evidence ...how did it get spilt...what the F was it doing under the desk.... "Lessons will be learnt" "words of advice" pmsl the Police in Sussex.... Something's just never change... Valentinian
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

The Officer involved has no recollection as to what happened ...........
The Officer involved has no recollection as to what happened ........... Valentinian
  • Score: 1

2:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Valentinian wrote:
The Officer involved has no recollection as to what happened ...........
...or why he rushed out an bought some Ministry Of Sound cds.......
[quote][p][bold]Valentinian[/bold] wrote: The Officer involved has no recollection as to what happened ...........[/p][/quote]...or why he rushed out an bought some Ministry Of Sound cds....... notslimjim
  • Score: 0
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