FOUR men have been arrested following the death of a man in the West Hill area of Bournemouth.

Police were called to reports of the sudden death of a man in his 50s at a property in St Michael's Road just before 9.40pm on Monday, October 21.

An initial post-mortem took place on Thursday, October 24, but the cause of death has not yet been established.

Officers investigating say the man's death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries are ongoing.

However, four men have been arrested in connection.

His next of kin has been informed and the coroner notified.

Detective Inspector Sarah Gillion, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We are treating this as a suspected drug-related death.

“I would urge anyone who has any information that may assist my investigation, no matter how small, to please come forward.

“I also want to get a message out to anyone involved in the misuse of drugs and make them aware of the risks associated with taking suspected drugs. You can never be sure of the potential effect it may have on you.”

The four Bournemouth men, who are aged 20, 25, 35 and 40, were arrested on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.

The men aged 20 and 25 have also been arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug of class A, B and C.

All four have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police via or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190166524.