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Teenager who died in Ilfracombe is named by police

PUBLISHED: 14:08 30 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:01 30 May 2017

Police enquiries are continuing after the death of Luke Campbell-Tapson

Police enquiries are continuing after the death of Luke Campbell-Tapson


Police enquiries continue after Luke Campbell-Tapson from South Molton died in the early hours of Saturday morning

A teenager who died in Ilfracombe at the weekend has been named as 16-year-old Luke Campbell-Tapson from South Molton.

Luke was admitted to North Devon District Hospital having possibly taken a recreational drug at a youth disco at Vivid in Ilfracombe on Friday (May 26).

The South Molton Community College pupil tragically died in hospital in the early hours of Saturday.

Police are carrying out enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding his death.

Superintendent Toby Davies, police commander for North and West Devon, said: “North Devon is a close community and this is a tragic loss of a popular teenager.

“Our heart goes out to all of Luke’s family and friends at this exceptionally difficult time.

“At this time the cause of death is unknown and officers are following up a number of lines of enquiry. One of those lines of enquiry relates to the possible consumption of a controlled substance, believed to be MDMA tablets.”

Two young adults were also admitted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after taking a recreational drug at a house party on Friday; both remain in hospital and one in a serious condition.

It is currently believed that all three had taken what they thought to have been MDMA tablets (commonly known as ecstasy).

Police said at this time there is no evidence to link the Ilfracombe and Plymouth incidents, or if there is a particular tainted batch of recreational drugs in circulation.

Supt Davies added: “While this tragic incident continues to be investigated we would urge the public, especially those going out and planning to take recreational drugs, to be aware of these incidents and to think twice before taking any unknown substance.

“There is always a risk when taking drugs and you cannot be sure of what you are taking; the only way of staying safe is to avoid drugs altogether.”

Sean Dullaghan, the owner of Vivid, said: “Everyone at Vivid and 2Filthy would like to express their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Luke Campbell-Tapson who tragically passed away after attending the event hosted by 2Filthy at Vivid on Friday night.

“We will be providing the police with every assistance we can during the investigation.”

Anyone with any information can contact the police on 101 or email, quoting reference CR/042103/17. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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