Tyne & Wear

Police issue warning after teenagers fall ill

Two teenagers were taken to hospital after taking legal high substances.

The ambulance service alerted police to a 13-year-old boy who had suffered a fit in Whitley Bay at 18:00 BST on Wednesday.

Shortly afterwards, paramedics were called to Washington where a 15-year-old girl had taken a similar drug.

Northumbria Police said the substance in both cases appeared to be called Annihilation, Annihilator or a similar variation.

'Herbal incense'

The boy is recovering in hospital while the girl is now back at home.

Police are working with trading standards to find out where the substance was bought from.

Acting Ch Insp Kevin Waring of Sunderland Area Command said: "In both these cases the substance taken appears to have been called Annihilation, Annihilator or some variation on that name.

"It may be being sold as a herbal incense and must not be consumed."

Det Ch Insp Ged Noble said: "I would like to stress that the use of legal high drugs is not safe and can kill or have a devastating impact on people's health.

"These substances often contain potentially dangerous chemicals and can cause death."

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