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Police warn public: Don't take "Pinkies"

Northumbria Police have issued a warning about dangerous tablets circulating in the Blyth area. The tablets - known as "Pinkies" - may be either illegal drugs or unprescribed medicine. The warning by Det Supt Lisa Orchard follows the deaths of two men in the past week. A woman is also in a serious condition in hospital. It's not yet known whether any of the three had taken so-called Pinkies.

To see Det Supt Orchard's warning click below.


Police issue warning over 'pinkie' drug

Police have issued a warning about a substance known as 'pinkie' Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are issuing a warning over concerns around a drug known as 'pinkie'.

The substance comes in pink coloured tablets and it is not known if the drug is illegal or an unprescribed medication.

Two men aged in their 30s died, and one woman aged in her 20s, is in a critical condition in hospital in Blyth after taking drugs. Although it is not known whether the three took the tablets in question.

Superintendent Lisa Orchard, from Northumbria Police, said:

Drugs are illegal for a reason they are simply not safe and drug users are taking a huge risk by taking them, likewise the consequences of taking medication that has not been prescribed can be very serious.

Our advice is simply do not take illegal drugs or medication that has not been prescribed. Anyone who has taken an illegal substance or medication that has not been prescribed to them and falls ill should seek immediate medial attention.

People who have prescribed medication should continue to take this as advised by their doctor.

An investigation into the supply of these tablets has begun and I would urge anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to us.

– Superintendent Lisa Orchard, Northumbria Police

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.

50 jobs set to be created in Northumberland

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Up to 50 new jobs could be created in Northumberland after major retailer, Lidl unveiled plans for new investment in the county.

Blyth and Bedlington are set for new stores as the county council’s plans to regenerate the towns.

In Blyth, the supermarket giant is planning to move into a bigger store on Cowpen Road, which will double the size of the existing outlet.

In Bedlington a new store is planned at the Council’s current Day Care Centre off Schalksmuhle Road.

Work is set to start in the New Year and the stores will aim to be open before Christmas 2016.

Two men rescued from sea off Northumberland coast

Two men, aged 19 and 21, have been airlifted to hospital after getting into trouble swimming in Cambois Bay, Northumberland.

A lifeboat was launched from the RNLI station at Blyth at around 1.30pm. The men were in the water for around 20 minutes before they were airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, by a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

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