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Concern for missing Northumberland teenager

***Georgia Ferguson, 13, has been found safe and well, police say.

A 13-year-old girl who told her family she was staying with a friend has gone missing.

Georgia Ferguson, of Blyth, Northumberland, left her home at around 5:30pm on Friday January 22 and her family have been unable to contact her since.

Police have launched a search for the teen, who believe she might be in the Newcastle area.

Georgia is 5ft 1ins tall, of slim build and has long brown hair. She was last seen wearing black leggings, a grey crop top, black jacket and white wedge trainer boots.

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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.

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