Teenager dies of suspected 'fatal reaction' to drugs at Newcastle party

Police are asking anyone who took a substance at the party to go to hospital

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Police are appealing for information after a teenager died of a suspected “fatal reaction” to drugs taken at a party in Newcastle.

The 18-year-old man was found disorientated in the street by officers who were called to Pinewood Close in the city at 1.40pm on Monday.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance crews, where he later died.

It is believed the teenager attended a party in Stuart Court in Newcastle on Monday evening, where he took a drug which could be linked to his death, Northumbria Police said. A spokesman for Northumbria Police was unable to say what type of drug the man is thought to have taken.

Police are now questioning three people believed to have attended the party.

Officers have urged anyone who may have taken a substance at the party to seek medical attention at a hospital before contacting police.

Northumbria Police Chief Inspector Peter Bent said: "The initial police investigation into this young man's death indicates that he may have taken some kind of drug and that he has had a fatal reaction to the substance. We do not yet know what he has taken or if anyone else has taken it.

"That's why we need anyone who was at this party in Stuart Court to contact us and if they have taken any drugs there to go to hospital immediately and get checked out.

"It is vitally important that anyone who was at this party contacts the police immediately," he said.

He added that inquiries into the teenager's death will continue as police officers are carry out additional patrols in the Stuart Court area, and speak to local people.

"I urge anyone with any information about this tragic incident to contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

Additional reporting by PA