Eleventh arrest made following drug-related deaths of three students
Enquiries are still ongoing
Northumbria Police have arrested a 30-year-old man in relation to four drug-related deaths over the weekend, bringing the total number of arrests to 11.
Police confirmed that the man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, however no further information has been given yet.
The arrests made over the weekend include three men aged 18-21 who have been released on bail, and seven others who were arrested and released under investigation.
The deaths include Newcastle student Jeni Larmour, who was found unresponsive at Park View on Saturday morning.
Enquiries to the deaths of two Newcastle students, a Northumbria student and a man from Washington are still ongoing.
We've made another arrest as part of our investigation into the deaths of 4 young people – bringing the overall total to 11
Enquiries into the deaths of 2 18yo Newcastle uni students, a 21yo Northumbria Uni student & an 18yo man from Washington remain ongoing. pic.twitter.com/r1Ohm6yURQ
— Northumbria Police (@northumbriapol) October 6, 2020
Chief Inspector Steve Wykes said anyone in possession of illegal drugs should visit their local police station to dispose of them safely, and are encouraging anyone who might have any information to get in touch.
Newcastle University has issued a drug warning following these events, warning students of the dangers of drug misuse. Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Chris Day told students: “I know how different the start of this term has been and that it is exciting to be back at University with your friends after the last six months. But your safety is in your hands.
“If you drink, then make sure you do so sensibly and that you look after each other. Remember, it is against the law to take and supply drugs and it is also extremely dangerous. Batches of drugs can vary in purity and strength and are potentially lethal, and mixing drugs with alcohol further increases this risk.”
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