Three teens and man, 21, die in two days as police issue urgent drugs warning

Three teens and man, 21, die in two days as police issue urgent drugs warning

 

Police have issued a stark drugs warning after four young people died over the weekend.

Northumbria Police said drugs are ‘suspected to have been a factor’ in the deaths of two women, both 18, and a 21-year-old man in Newcastle over the weekend.

The force said an 18-year-old man has also died in Washington.

Post-mortems are due to take place but officers want to warn the public about the danger of taking drugs, he said.

Officers were called to an address on Richardson Road – where Newcastle University’s Park View student village is located – shortly after 6am on Saturday and a woman, aged 18, was found unconscious and later pronounced dead at the scene.

An 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and is on police bail while investigations continue, a spokesman said.

On Sunday morning a man, 21, was rushed by ambulance to hospital from a property in Melbourne Street, Newcastle, where he “had taken ill” and later died, confirmed police.

Assistant Chief Constable Neil Hutchison said: “First and foremost, our thoughts go out to the families and loved ones of those who have sadly died.

“Although our investigations are still at a very early stage and we continue to establish the circumstances surrounding the deaths, we are warning people against taking drugs.

“We would urge anybody thinking about taking drugs to please not take the risk. The consequences could cost you your life.

“If anyone has any information about who has supplied the drugs in question then we would also encourage them to contact us at the earliest opportunity.”

He said that anyone who has taken these drugs and needs emergency medical attention should always call 999.

A Newcastle University spokesman said earlier: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of one of our students and our welfare teams are offering support to those affected.

“This is not Covid-related and as this is an active police investigation, we are unable to provide further comment at this time.”

It comes as lockdown changes came into effect on September 30 for 2million people across the North East.

For the first time, it will be illegal to meet people from other households inside a pub or restaurant – and offenders can get £200 fines.

This brings the law for “public venues” in line with an existing legal ban on visiting other people’s private houses in the North East.

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