Police warning after one teenager dies and another critically ill

(Last Updated On: June 24, 2018)

Police have urged parents and carers to talk to their children about the dangers of taking unknown substances after the death of a teenager in Devon this weekend.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a teenage girl from Tavistock yesterday, Saturday 23rd June.

The 15-year-old girl is believed to have taken an unknown substance, a 14-year-old boy was taken to hospital in a critical condition but is said to be recovering.

Both teenagers, from Tavistock, we’re taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where the girl was sadly pronounced deceased.

Police say the girl’s next of kin have been informed and police are supporting the family at this difficult time.

Officers have seized an unknown substance from the scene and this will be subject to testing to establish its exact nature. No arrests have been made at this time.

Inspector Pete Turner said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we are providing support to them at this terrible time.

“We are at the very early stages of the investigation and enquiries are ongoing as to how the substance was obtained. I would like to stress that initial enquiries show that this is an isolated incident involving these two young people and we do not believe that there is any wider risk to the Tavistock community.

“We would however urge all parents and carers to speak to their children and young people about the risks of taking unknown substances.”

Police would like to speak to anyone who has information in connection with the incident, including anyone who was in the area around the viaduct/Crowndale Road yesterday afternoon.

Anyone with information which can assist police with their enquiries is asked to contact 101@dc.police.uk or phone 101, quoting log number 655 of 23/06/18.

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