Three 18-year-olds and a 21-year-old man die after taking drugs in the northeast during lockdown as police issue urgent warning
Police are issuing an urgent drugs warning after three teenagers and a 21-year-old man died over the weekend during local lockdown in the North East.
Investigations have been launched after two women, both aged 18, and a 21-year-old man died in Newcastle, and an 18-year-old man died in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
Drugs are believed to have played a part in all four deaths and postmortems are due to take place.
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.’
Anyone who has information about the drugs should still contact Northumbria
Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.