Three 18-year-olds and one 21-year-old die after using drugs in the northeast during lockdown as police issue an urgent warning
- Two women, 18, and one man, 21, died in Newcastle. The 18 year old died in Tyne and Wear
- Drugs are believed to have played a role in all four post-mortem deaths
- The police have launched an investigation to obtain information about suppliers
Police issue an urgent drug alert after three teenagers and a 21-year-old man died during the local lockdown in the northeast over the weekend.
The investigation began after two women, aged 18, and a 21-year-old man died in Newcastle and an 18-year-old man in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
It is believed that drugs played a role in all four deaths and that postmortems will occur.
Deputy Police Commissioner Neil Hutchison said: “First and foremost, our thoughts go to the families and loved ones of those who sadly died.
An 18-year-old died in a Newcastle University dorm on Saturday after being found unconscious. Pictured: local police
“Although our investigation is still in the very early stages and we are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the deaths, we are warning people not to use drugs.
“We would urge anyone thinking about taking drugs not to take the risk. The consequences could cost you your life.
"If someone has information about who supplied the drugs in question, we would also encourage them to contact us as soon as possible."
Suspicious drug-related deaths that took place in Newcastle and Tyne and carried this weekend
An 18-year-old man was arrested this weekend after an 18-year-old student died in a Newcastle University dormitory.
Early Saturday morning, paramedics rushed to Richardson Road in Newcastle, where Park View's student dormitories are located.
The teenager was found unconscious, and although medics fought to save her life, she was pronounced dead on the scene.
An investigation into her death has opened and police have now confirmed that an 18-year-old man has been arrested.
The paramedics rushed to Richardson Road in Newcastle, where the Park View student villages (pictured) are located, early Saturday morning
A Newcastle University spokesman said: “We are shocked and saddened by the death of one of our students and our welfare teams are offering support to those affected.
"This has nothing to do with Covid and as this is an active police investigation we cannot comment further at this time."
On Sunday morning, a 21-year-old man fell ill at an address on Melbourne Street in Newcastle and later died in hospital.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Today (Sunday) at 8:13 am, ambulance services informed police that a man had fallen ill at an address on Melbourne Street in Newcastle.
Emergency services were present, but unfortunately the 21-year-old man was later pronounced dead in hospital.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death continues. His next of kin have been informed and are currently being assisted by specialist officers.
"The investigation is at an early stage but this is not believed to be a Covid-19 related death."
Anyone with information about the medication should continue to anonymously contact the Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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