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Newcastle Spice deaths: Manslaughter arrest after three people die Newcastle Spice deaths: Manslaughter arrest after three people die
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Three people died and 11 were taken to hospital after taking SpiceThree people died and 11 were taken to hospital after taking Spice
A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the deaths of three people in Newcastle who are thought to have taken the drug Spice.A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the deaths of three people in Newcastle who are thought to have taken the drug Spice.
The deaths occurred within 24 hours on Friday and Saturday and are believed to be linked to a particularly "dangerous batch", the city council said.The deaths occurred within 24 hours on Friday and Saturday and are believed to be linked to a particularly "dangerous batch", the city council said.
About 11 people were also taken to hospital in the Cleveland area. The three men who died were aged 23, 26 and 34.
Nine males aged 14 to 44 and two women, aged 25 and 33, have been arrested in Newcastle. Nine males aged 14 to 44 and two women, aged 25 and 33, were arrested in Newcastle.
One of the men was held on suspicion of manslaughter, although police have not released his age or how many deaths the arrest relates to. One of the men, a 27-year-old, was held on suspicion of manslaughter in relation to two of the deaths.
The other 10 people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences. The other 10 people were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences, although the 14-year-old boy and 25-year-old woman have since been released with no further action to be taken against them.
A quantity of drugs and paraphernalia were also seized. A 35-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman remain in custody, the remainder of the group arrested have been released while inquiries continue.
Northumbria Police said they remained concerned for the wellbeing of anyone who had taken or purchased the drug in recent days. A quantity of drugs and paraphernalia was also seized.
Northumbria Police said officers remained concerned for the wellbeing of anyone who had taken or purchased the drug in recent days.
About 11 people were also taken to hospital in the Cleveland area over the weekend.
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