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Young people buying drugs 'without a clue what's in them'

Police believe Daniel Spargo-Mabbs may have taken ecstasy before he fell unconscious and died. Drugs charity, DrugScope, says some young people are still taking too many risks, without understanding the consequences.

It certainly underlines the risks that young people are continuing to take after all these years with ecstasy and club drugs, maybe from people they don't know.

Buying drugs and not having a clue what's in them. It also underlines the randomness of this. Many people will experiment with ecstasy.

There would be no way of predicting who would end up in hospital.

– Harry Shapiro, DrugScope

Teen dies after Hayes rave

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Credit: Facebook

A 16 year old boy has died after apparently taking ecstasy at an illegal rave in Hayes at the weekend.

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, a pupil at Archbishop Tenison's Church of England High School in Croydon, was found unconscious at the industrial site in the early hours of Saturday. He died later in hospital. Two men from Croydon have been arrested in connection with student's death.


Teenager dies after suspected drugs overdose at rave

Police were called on Saturday, 18 January, at approximately 04.00hrs by London Ambulance Service to reports of an unconscious male at an illegal rave at an industrial site at Pump Lane, Silverdale Road, Hayes.

The 16-year-old boy was taken by ambulance to a west London hospital believed to be suffering from the effects of a drugs overdose. He was later transferred to a central London hospital where he died on Monday, 20 January.

Two men, 18 and 19 years, both from the Croydon area were arrested for supplying controlled drugs. They are currently in custody.

– Metropolitan Police

Teenager dies after taking ecstasy at an illegal rave

A teenager from South London has died after reportedly taking ecstasy at an illegal rave. The Evening Standard reports that 16-year-old Daniel Spargo-Mabbs died after going to the event on an industrial site.

Sixth form classes at Archbishop Tenison’s Church of England High School in Croydon have been cancelled, and headmaster Richard Parrish released this statement:

Sometimes you hope that the worst thing won’t happen. Sometimes it does happen anyway. And yesterday it did.

We began Monday knowing that Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, one of our Year 12 students, who has been with us in the school since Year 7, was in a critical condition on a life support machine. At lunchtime he died.

Today is too soon to do anything more than react to the brutal fact that we have lost Daniel. Our students and pupils will be supported in whatever way possible, with a room set aside with our Assistant Chaplain for those who need space to grieve away from the classroom.

Man dumps bags into bin near home smelling of cannabis

As police approached the detached house, they noticed a man placing large bags inside a wheelie bin. He then ran off into Crystal Palace Park.

Some of the 500 plants found inside the south London property Credit: Metropolitan Police

Sergeant Rob Goodwin from Bromley Police said: “This seizure represents a major and unexpected dent in the network of cannabis supply in the South East London area and was brought about through proactive local neighbourhood policing”.


Police smell cannabis and uncover huge drug factory

Met Police have uncovered a huge drug factory in south London after driving past a house and noticing a strong smell of cannabis. When they went inside the property near Crystal Palace Park, this is what they found.

Cannabis factory uncovered by police in South London Credit: Metropolitan Police

Four large rooms were set up to grow cannabis, with in excess of 500 fully grown plants inside.

Unsafe wiring and illegally power supply sparking fires

Cannabis factory fires can be severe due the way criminals use unsafe wiring to illegally obtain electricity in order to grow the plants.

They're often in top floors or lofts which means when a fire takes hold it spreads, destroying roofs and damaging neighbouring buildings.

Firefighters can also be exposed to risks when dealing with the fires due to dodgy wiring and booby traps at some of the properties.

It's important that people know the key signs and inform the police so that they can act swiftly to prevent these dangerous fires.

– Dave Brown, London Fire Brigade

Boom in homegrown cannabis prompts jump in fires

London has seen a jump in the number of house fires because of the sharp increase in the homegrown cannabis industry.

Cannabis farms are often booby trapped meaning firefighters tackling them are at greater risk of serious injury Credit: Press Association

London Fire Brigade says cannabis-related fires have more than doubled in the last two years.

Last year there was one fire a fortnight in a building being used to cultivate cannabis. That's more than double the number of blazes seen in 2010/11.

The figures also show that 25 of the 27 fires last year were in residential properties posing a significant risk to homes next door.

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