Update on teenage death in Tavistock as police urge substance awareness

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a teenage girl in Tavistock yesterday [23 June].

Officers and ambulance crews were called at around 4.15pm after the 15-year-old girl was found unwell in Crowndale Road [near to the disused viaduct] having believed to have taken an unknown substance.

The girl, from Tavistock, was taken to Derriford Hospital where she was sadly pronounced deceased. Next of kin have been informed and police are supporting the family at this difficult time.

A 14-year-old boy, also from the Tavistock area, was also taken to Derriford Hospital in a critical condition. He is now recovering in hospital.

Police have launched an investigation and believe that both teenagers suffered adverse reactions having taken an as yet known substance.

Officers have seized an unknown substance from the scene and this will be subject to testing to establish its exact nature. No arrests have been made at this time.

Inspector Pete Turner said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we are providing support to them at this terrible time.

“We are at the very early stages of the investigation and enquiries are ongoing as to how the substance was obtained. I would like to stress that initial enquiries show that this is an isolated incident involving these two young people and we do not believe that there is any wider risk to the Tavistock community.

“We would, however, urge all parents and carers to speak to their children and young people about the risks of taking unknown substances.”

Police would like to speak to anyone who has information in connection with the incident, including anyone who was in the area around the viaduct/Crowndale Road yesterday afternoon.

Anyone with information which can assist police with their enquiries is asked to contact 101@dc.police.uk or phone 101, quoting log number 655 of 23/06/18.

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