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Boy dies after 'drug incident' at youth disco - two more hospitalised

The teenager was admitted to North Devon District Hospital but sadly died. Credit: ITV News

Police have issued a warning following the death of a teenager in a suspected drug related incident.

A 15-year-old boy was admitted to North Devon District Hospital after taking a recreational drug at a youth disco in Ilfracombe on Friday. He died in the early hours of this morning. His next of kin have been informed.

Enquires are currently underway into this death.

We have also been informed of two young adults being admitted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after also taking a recreational drug last night at a house party; both remain in hospital and one in a serious condition.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

It is currently believed that all three had taken what they thought to have been MDMA tablets.

At this time, police can’t be sure if these incidents are linked, or if there is particular tainted batch of recreational drugs in circulation.


Crowds brave freezing weather in support of Ilfracombe theatre

Performers on the green outside the Landmark Theatre Credit: ITV News West Country

Crowds braved freezing weather in Ilfracombe this afternoon to see a variety show in support of the town's Landmark Theatre. Performers from around North Devon staged the free event following the Landmark's sudden closure last month.

The Queens Theatre in Barnstaple also closed when the trust that owns them went bust, leaving actors and ticket holders out of pocket. It's hoped both theatres could re-open under new management. More details here.

Crowds braved the freezing weather Credit: ITV News West Country


Man charged after residents evacuated in explosives threat

A man has been charged with unlawful possession of explosives after homes in North Devon were evacuated for 24 hours.

Police and a military explosives team were called to an address on Osbourne Road in Illfracombe on Friday. Officers say there is no evidence linking the incident to terrorism or extremism.

A 41 year old man is due in court on Monday.

I would like to thank the residents of Osborne Road and that locality for their patience and understanding over the past 2 days.

We had to rehouse a number of residents for two nights until we were sure that the area was safe. The search was long and painstaking but it was essential that those involved in it had the time needed to ensure no one came to harm. I am pleased to be able to reassure everyone that there is no ongoing risk to anyone in the area.

– Inspector Roger Bartlett
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