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Neknominate death person to be quizzed by police

Police plan to speak to the person who "Neknominated" a man who died after taking part in the drinking challenge, an inquest has heard.

Isaac Richardson, 20, collapsed after drinking a cocktail involving a "large amount" of alcoholic drinks at the hostel where he worked in Woolwich, south-east London on 8 February.

He was reported to be the first British victim of the Neknominate game.

Det Sgt Roy Black said he did not "envisage" criminal charges.

He said: "The person who set the challenge has been identified and will be spoken to as soon as possible."

Dare game

The dare game involves participants filming themselves downing alcohol, nominating someone to continue the game, and posting the video on Facebook.

At the opening of the inquest at Southwark Coroner's Court, coroner's officer Steven Moss said it was believed Mr Richardson "had a large amount of drink and a cocktail of drink".

Mr Richardson collapsed shortly afterwards.

People at the hostel tried to resuscitate him and he was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he died a few hours later.

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and the results of toxicology reports are expected in six weeks.

Speaking after the hearing, Det Sgt Black said the person believed to have nominated Mr Richardson was not in the UK at the time.

Coroner Andrew Harris adjourned the inquest for a review on 19 May.

The Neknominate craze is thought to have originated in Australia and has reportedly seen players consuming alcohol with dog food, engine oil and live goldfish.

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