Ten arrests after four young people die in suspected drug incidents over weekendCherish Chifamba
Three of the people who died were university students, including two women who were found in the same building.
Police have made 10 arrests after four young people – including three university students – died in suspected drug incidents over the weekend.
An urgent drugs warning was put out by Northumbria Police earlier and a large-scale investigation is under way.
The four suspected drug deaths are:
- An 18-year-old female student at Newcastle University
- Another 18-year-old female student, found at the same address
- A 21-year-old male student from Northumbria University
- An 18-year-old man in Washington
Officers were called to the first death shortly after 6am on Saturday and found an unresponsive woman at Newcastle University’s Park View student village in Richardson Road.
The 18-year-old, who was a student at the university, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is believed she had taken ketamine.
An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class B drug and has since been released on bail.
Shortly before 4pm on the same day, police were called to an 18-year-old man in cardiac arrest in Washington.
The man, who had reportedly fallen ill after taking MDMA, was treated by emergency services but pronounced dead a short time after.
Seven people have been arrested in connection with the incident and released under investigation.