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Two jailed for drug offences after death of teenager at Newcastle nightclub

Jack Malloy and Ryan Best have been jailed for a total of five years Credit: Northumbria Police

Two men have been jailed after a teenager died after taking drugs at a Newcastle nightclub.

Ellie Knowles, 18, died on November 6 last year. She had been at the Shindig event at Hoults Yard venue in Byker on Saturday, November 5, when she collapsed. She was taken to hospital by paramedics but later died.

Police launched an investigation into her death and two men have now been jailed after being found guilty of being involved in supplying drugs.

Ryan Best, 22, and Jack Malloy, 20, have been sentenced for a combined total of five years at Newcastle Crown Court, sitting at Moot Hall.

A court was told how Malloy had been with Ellie and her friends earlier in the day Ryan Best was contacted to deliver a quantity of MDMA.

The group took the drugs at the address before heading to the event at the club in Hoults Yard.

A court was also told how Ellie began to feel unwell and eventually collapsed.

Ellie's cause of death has yet to be determined but an inquest will now take place following the sentencing.

Best, of Northern Ireland, admitted a charge of supplying Class A drugs and was jailed for four years. Malloy, of Doncaster, admitted a charge of being concerned in the supply of Class A drug and was jailed for one year.

In a statement from Ellie’s mother Natalie, which was read out in court, she said he loss of Ellie was "insurmountable."

She added: "Ellie and I shared a very tight mum and daughter bond and she truly was my best friend.

“What has been taken away from us will never be replaced, I will never watch my daughter grow up, get married and have her own children which was a life we often chatted about".

An inquest into Ellie Knowles' death was opened in March this year and had been adjourned pending the result of the court case.