Date: 8th January 2001

Syringes Found Near Potter Set

An investigation into alleged drug use at Leavesdon Studios in England, where Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is being shot, has turned up a number of syringes, forcing a tightening of security procedures at the studios, according to published reports. Today's (Monday) London Daily Sun quoted a Warner Bros. spokeswoman as saying Sunday night that the studio regarded the discovery as "a very serious matter." She added: "Our paramount concern is for the safety and protection of the cast and crew of Harry Potter."

According to the Sun, the drug paraphernalia was discovered in a nearby studio at about the same time that 50 children were being filmed on the Potter set. "Everyone was horrified," an insider told the newspaper.

A Warner Bros. statement said: "No drugs were found on the Potter set and no direct link to the production has been established."

Source: Studio Briefing