Northumbria Police believe six people taken to hospital overnight may have taken the drug 2CB, bought over the internet. The men, all aged 19-22, were rushed to hospital from a house in Jesmond in Newcastle. One is critically ill.
Northumbria Police have released a new CCTV image after a sexual assault took place in Newcastle.
Police have renewed their appeal and have today released new CCTV image of a man seen in the area at the time of the attack who they are keen to speak to as he may have important information about the assault.
The attack took place around five o'clock on Friday November 23rd on Acorn Road in Jesmond when a 21-year-old woman was assaulted in the street.
She had left West Jesmond Metro Station and was walking along Conniston Avenue when she became aware of a man on the same street walking behind her.
She crossed St George Terrace on to Acorn Road and between Tesco and the Boilerhouse hairdressers the man rushed up behind her and grabbed her inappropriately on the leg.
He then made off and was last seen at the junction of Sanderson Road and Acorn Road.
The area was very busy at the time of the attack and anyone who was in the area or who has any information about the offence is asked to contact police on 101.
It has been revealed that Tyneside holds a special Tolkien secret.
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien had strong links to Newcastle, and a dedicated team renovating graves in Jesmond Old Cemetery uncovered the grave of his aunt Grace Tolkien - whom Tolkien is believed to have visited frequently.
The author is also said to have based the character of Saruman on Grace's husband and Tolkien's uncle, William Charles Mountain, who was the vice-president of the North East Institute of Mining.
"It was over two years ago when we pulled back the brambles and found the grave of JRR Tolkien's aunt's grave.
It was an uncovered gem that we discovered, we found it by pure accident.
But how thrilled we were when we found it. It would be nice for people who see the new film or read the books to come and see a little piece of Tolkien's history linked to Newcastle."
A Newcastle University professor has appeared in court charged with vandalising cars. Words like 'silly', 'really wrong' and 'arbitrary' were scratched on to 24 cars in Jesmond, in Newcastle, with a screwdriver one night in August.
47-year-old Stephen Graham faces four charges of causing criminal damage. He didn't enter a plea at Newcastle Magistrates court and was given unconditional bailed to reappear at court next month.