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Warning over legal high in Northumberland town

Teenager who took legal high arrested on suspicion of assaulting a baby in Ashington Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Police in Northumberland are warning people of the affects of a legal high currently circulating in the Ashington area.

A 16-year-old boy who had taken a substance called Salvia was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a baby in Newbiggin on Friday 5th July.

The same day a teenage pupil from Ashington High School was taken to hospital after collapsing.It is thought that he smoked a cigarette containing the legal high.

"Our advice is - just because it says 'legal' on the packet does not mean it is safe. These products are usually made from chemicals that can have a serious effect on your health.

"People appear to be suffering some particularly nasty side effects to this substance, Salvia, and we are concerned that there appears to be a quantity of it circulating in the Ashington area at this time.

"If you are in possession of this substance do not use it - and if you have taken it seek medical assistance at once."

– Superintendent Mick Paterson, Northumbria Police