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Police in Leeds issue mephedrone arrest warning

People in Leeds are being warned that they risk being arrested if they carry the legal drug mephedrone.

Police said those found with the drug, which usually comes in a powder form, risked being arrested on suspicion of possessing a Class A drug.

The move comes after mephedrone was linked to the deaths of Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, in Scunthorpe.

Police have also asked Leeds licensees to confiscate suspicious substances.

The force's Ch Insp Vernon Francis said: "The tragic events in Scunthorpe should serve as a major wake-up call to anyone who is using mephedrone.

"It is extremely dangerous and those who use it are not just risking becoming ill, they are risking their lives.

"Anyone found in possession of what looks like an illegal substance will be arrested and brought into custody until that substance can be tested."

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