18-year-old man arrested following death of Newcastle student at Park View

An 18-year-old woman was found dead on Saturday morning

An 18-year-old man has been arrested following the death of a Newcastle University student at Park View accommodation, Northumbria Police have confirmed.

Police had announced that an 18-year-old woman had been pronounced dead at the scene after being found unresponsive at the student accommodation in the early hours of Saturday morning.

An investigation was subsequently launched, and police have now confirmed the arrest of an 18-year-old man in relation to the student’s death. The man is currently on police bail.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “At 6.06am yesterday (Saturday) police received a report via the ambulance service of an unresponsive woman at an address on Richardson Road in Newcastle.

“Emergency services attended where sadly the woman – aged 18 – was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Enquiries into the circumstances around her death are ongoing. Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers at this time. An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently on police bail while the investigation continues.

“The investigation is at an early stage but this is not believed to be Covid-19 related death.”

Concerning the student’s death, a Newcastle University spokesperson said: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of one of our students and our welfare teams are offering support to those affected.

“This is not Covid-related and as this is an active police investigation, we are unable to provide further comment at this time.”

More to follow.