Father suspended after drugs death

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An academic was suspended yesterday after a girl of 15 died of a suspected drugs overdose during a party at his home.

Brian Dodgeon, 60, a lecturer at the University of London, was suspended on full pay following the death of Isobel Reilly in North Kensington, west London, on Saturday.

He was arrested on suspicion of child abandonment and possessing drugs after the teenager took a cocktail of illegal substances including ecstasy. Mr Dodgeon was bailed to a date in June. Detectives are investigating the possibility that partygoers found the drugs, including ecstasy and ketamine, in the house during the unsupervised gathering.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out tomorrow.

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