Drugs warning following death of 17-year-old boy

Posted on - 23rd June, 2019 - 2:27pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Deepdale, Plungington, Preston News, University campus
Police were at the scene following the death of the 17-year-old

Police have issued a drugs warning following the death of a 17-year-old boy.


Police were at the scene between Lovat Road and Kenmure Place this morning.

Officers were called at around 4am by the Ambulance Service after the boy had taken ill at an address on Garstang Road.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but was sadly pronounced dead shortly afterwards. His family have been informed.

Whilst his death is currently being treated as unexplained, it is believed that he had taken MDMA and cannabis during the evening before he became unwell.

DI Martin Pearson from Preston Police said: “This is an extremely sad set of circumstances and my thoughts are with the boy’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.

“We know that he was at a gathering at a house with friends and we believe he has taken drugs in the lead up to his death.

“Following this tragic incident, I would like to take this opportunity to remind people, especially youngsters, of the potential risks of taking drugs. Whilst they may be seen as safe and enjoyable, they can prove fatal.

“If you have taken something and start to feel unwell, please seek medical attention immediately.”

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An investigation is on-going into the time leading up to the boy’s death. A file is being prepared for HM Coroner.

For information about the dangers of taking drugs and their effects, please visit Talk to Frank at

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