York teenager who died after taking illegal drugs named

Josh Reeson Credit: Family photograph

A 15 year-old-boy from York who died in hospital after taking illegal drugs has been named as Josh Reeson.

Josh, who was from the New Earswick area of the city, was found by a member of the public in an alley off Hospital Fields Road in York shortly before 4am yesterday.

Police say they believe he was with a group of others who were also taking illegal drugs.

Six people aged 14 to 37 were arrested on suspicion of drugs supply offences.

A 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, a 33-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man all remain in custody.

Two boys aged 14 have been released under investigation.

This is an extremely tragic incident which has resulted in a teenage boy losing his life. A team of specially trained officers are supporting the family at this time and I ask that their privacy is respected.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Glass