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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2007, 07:43 GMT
Funeral for drug death teenager
Dean Clarke
Dean Clarke died a week after being found on the Limestone Road
The funeral is to be held later for a north Belfast teenager who hanged himself days after a drugs overdose.

Dean Clarke, 16, from the Tigers Bay area, spent almost a week in intensive care after taking ketamine tablets, which are horse tranquilisers.

However, after being discharged from hospital, he took his own life.

Pastor Brian Madden, who will officiate at his funeral, claimed drugs were easy to acquire in the area. He said ketamine could be bought for 50p.

"While people may be in denial that drugs existed, while people may be in denial that drugs are not being peddled, I always knew that to be completely opposite to the truth," he said.

"I know people personally who are addicted to cocaine, I know people personally who are addicted to tranquilisers. Drugs in the Tigers Bay area are very easy to acquire."

A leading loyalist is being blamed for supplying the drugs to Dean.

His mother, Alison, has called for drugs and dealers to be taken off the streets.

Women in the area demonstrated against drug dealing on Sunday.

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