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Aberystwyth student Torin Lakeman found dead with brother

Police said Torin (RHS) and Jacques were found in the upstairs accommodation of The Grapes Inn on Monday Image copyright IoM police
Image caption Police say there are no suspicious circumstances in the deaths of Torin and Jacques Lakeman

An Aberystwyth student and his brother have been found dead in a pub in Greater Manchester.

Torin Lakeman, 19, and his brother Jacques, 20, were found in a room above The Grapes Inn in Stoneclough, Bolton, at 14:00 GMT on Monday.

Both were from the Isle of Man, where their mother, a teacher, still lives.

Torin was in his second year studying physics with planetary and space physics at Aberystwyth University.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: "There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths."

The police force said toxicology results have yet to be released.

The university has emailed its students to pass on a warning from Dyfed-Powys Police about a "new strain" of the drug MDMA - also known as ecstasy.

The email refers to "a recent incident involving a student who suffered a fatal drugs overdose in Manchester" and advises that the new strain of MDMA has a delayed effect.

It warns: "On taking the drug there is no immediate reaction.

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"Users are then making the mistake of taking more of the drug in order to obtain a high which, when both doses kick in, results in an overdose which, in some circumstances, can be fatal."

The email warns students not to take such drugs and urges them to contact police if they have information about websites selling them.

The university has issued a tribute to Mr Lakeman.

Prof Qiang Shen, director of the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, said the 19-year-old was planning to specialise in planetary and space physics.

He said: "He was an intelligent student, achieving some excellent grades during his first year, particularly in applied physics and astronomy modules.

"He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by staff and students alike."

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