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.
A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in drugs supply.
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Michael Dixon, 47, of no fixed abode, has been charged with conspiracy to murder, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a firearm when prohibited for life.
Lee Green, 27, of Ridley Street, Cramlington, has been charged with conspiracy to murder.
Wayne William Peel, 26, of Hawthorn Road, Ashington, has been charged with conspiracy to murder and possession of a prohibited weapon.
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The victim was found inside with stab wounds to his stomach and remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.
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Northumbria Police say a man has died after being pulled from the water at Seaburn Beach.
Paramedics worked on the man who was recovered at around 2.25pm this afternoon but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers are investigating how he came to be in the water and are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch.
Two men from Sunderland have been charged in connection with an incident of arson, police have said.
Three people were initially arrested in connection with the incident, which happened in Garfield Street at around 10pm on August 12th.
Northumbria Police have now charged two men, who are due before Sunderland Magistrates Court today, August 14th.
Ryan Urban aged 25, of St Lukes Terrace has been charged with threats to commit damage and David Gerrard, 27, of no fixed address has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life.
A third person a 28-year-old woman, has been released with no further police action.
Nothumbria Police have released an image of a woman they would like to trace after an incident on a bus in Sunderland.
Police say a young girl was shouted at and threatened, causing her to fear for her safety, while on board the number 39 bus from Park Lane Interchange on the afternoon of Friday 3rd July.
Officers investigating the incident are keen to identify the woman pictured below.
It is thought the woman may have been on the bus at the time of the incident and could help police with their enquiries.
Anyone who recognises the woman is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.