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Three people die after suspected low quality heroin use

Cleveland Police say three people have died after apparently using low quality heroin which is being sold in the Stockton area.

Police are warning heroin users to be aware of harmful drugs after three people have died after apparently using low quality heroin Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A man and a woman died this morning after being taken to the University Hospital of North Tees. A second man died earlier this month, and police are linking the deaths.

Police are warning heroin users to be aware that a harmful batch of the drug is in circulation.

”Obviously we don’t advocate anyone should buy any type of drugs - but we are aware there are batches of particularly harmful heroin on the streets which are being peddled by dealers as a higher standard than they are and they are putting people’s lives at risk.”

– Detective Inspector Jon Tapper of Cleveland Police

Police appeal for witnesses after girl, 16, suffers injuries in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which a 16-year- old girl suffered a broken ankle and shin in Hartlepool.

Police appeal for witnesses after girl, 16, suffers injuries in Hartlepool Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The incident, which is believed to have involved a Ford Mondeo taxi, happened at around 4.30pm on Thursday 22nd December on Raby Road near to the junction of Middleton Road.

The girl was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment and required surgery for her injuries.

Any independent witnesses are asked to contact PC Amanda Stokes from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 231698.

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