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Three men charged in connection with Kendal Calling drug death

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Three men have been charged with drugs offences that connects to a death at the 2015 Kendal Calling festival.

Michael Mountfort, aged 42, of Oak Drive, Denton, Manchester, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug.

Luke Nathan Fraser, aged 21, Oakfield Grove, Manchester, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug and supplying a Class B controlled drug.

Simon Chapman, aged 21, of Race Grove, Millom, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug.

Christian Pay, aged 18, from Millom, who died on the 31 July 2015 Credit: Cumbria Police

The three men were arrested as part of an investigation into the death of Christian Pay, aged 18, from Millom, who died on the 31st July 2015.

All three are expected to appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court on Tuesday 9 February.

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Photos: 'biggest ever' heroin seizure in Cumbria

Four men have been jailed for a total of 43 years, after Cumbria Police's biggest ever heroin raid.

Heroin and cannabis were seized. Credit: Cumbria Police
Heroin and cannabis were seized. Credit: Cumbria Police
Heroin and cannabis were seized. Credit: Cumbria Police

At Carlisle Crown Court today (September 11 2015):

  • Gary Duncanson, 52, The Crescent, Cummersdale, Carlisle, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to supply heroin and cannabis
  • Aaron Fuller, 35, of Atkinson Crescent, Carlisle, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to supply heroin and cannabis
  • David Hales, 47, of Thirlwell Gardens, Carlisle, was sentenced to 7 years 4 months in prison for conspiracy to supply heroin and cannabis
  • Paul Smith, 30, of Doric Street, Liverpool, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for conspiracy to supply heroin

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Teen's second court appearance after 'pink tablet' incidents

Police have released images of pink tablets believed to be connected to the hospitalisations. Credit: Police Scotland

A teenager from Hawick has appeared in court for the second time, after ten young people were hospitalised after taking an unknown substance.

Jamie Thomson, 19, faces a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

He made no plea or declaration in a private appearance at Selkirk Sheriff Court and was fully committed for trial.

He was released on bail by Sheriff Peter Paterson, and the date for his next court appearance is still to be confirmed.

Last week ten teenage boys, all from Hawick and aged between 14 and 18, fell ill after consuming what police described as a pink-coloured tablet.

They were all treated at Borders General Hospital and later discharged.

Police release pictures of dangerous 'Pink Pills'

Police have released images of pink tablets believed to be responsible for a number of casualties. Credit: Police Scotland

Police Scotland have released images of the notorious 'Pink Pills' which are believed to have caused a number of casualties in the Scottish Borders.

Several young people have experienced adverse effects after consuming an unidentified pink tablet, leading to ten hospitalisations and two arrests in connection with the incident.

Jamie Bonnor Thomson, has been charged with culpable and reckless conduct, while Connor Jackson, 18, was arrested just 24 hours after being released from hospital for possession of a knuckle-duster.

All of the people hospitalised were male, and between the ages of 14 and 18.

In the interest of public safety we have today issued an image of this as yet unidentified substance.

There may be more of these pills in circulation in the Hawick area, and possibly even farther afield, and I would ask people to please be vigilant and to contact police if you are offered this pill or have information relevant to our ongoing enquiries.

Likewise, anyone who has consumed this pill and who feels unwell, or knows anyone who appears unwell after taking the substance is asked to please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

– Detective Inspector Steven Bertram of Police Scotland.

Hospitalised man searches for drug provider with knuckleduster

Police Scotland are investigating the case Credit: ITV Border

A teenager who was hospitalised after taking a mystery pink tablet was arrested for having a knuckle duster in the street just 24 hours after his release.

Connor Jackson, 18, was among a group of 10 young men in Hawick, who fell ill last week after taking the unidentified substance. But during the early hours of Sunday morning he was said to be searching for the person who had provided the drug while intoxicated and in possession of the offensive weapon.

Jackson was arrested by police who were concerned about his behaviour and he appeared from custody today at Jedburgh Sheriff Court where he pleaded guilty to having the knuckle duster on him.

Deferring for background reports Sheriff Peter Paterson said it was "astonishing" that after being hospitalised for consuming some sort of drug, Jackson was back out on the street 24 hours later intoxicated.

He told him:

You seem incapable of learning a lesson in life. Instead you tried to take the law into your own hands looking for the people involved."

– Sheriff Peter Paterson

Jackson of Teviotdale Court, Hawick, who claimed he found the knuckle-duster lying on the ground, had sentence deferred until September 22 for a Criminal Justice Social Work report to be prepared.

Police Scotland said that in total 10 teenagers as young as 14 had been treated at Borders General Hospital near Melrose as a result of consuming the as yet unidentified pink-coloured tablet which had been circulating in the Hawick area.

They have all since been discharged from hospital.

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