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Fourth Scunthorpe mephedrone death suspect bailed

Nicholas Smith and Louis Wainwright
The friends died after drinking and taking mephedrone

A fourth person arrested in connection with the deaths of two teenagers who took the legal drug mephedrone has been released on bail.

The 26-year-old man was arrested after Louis Wainwright and Nicholas Smith died in Scunthorpe on Monday.

He has been bailed while inquiries continue, Humberside Police said.

Mr Wainwright, 18, and Mr Smith, 19, died after they took a mixture of alcohol, mephedrone and the heroin substitute methadone, police believe.

Three other people, two men aged 26 and 20 and a 17-year-old boy, were released on bail on Thursday.

Weekend appeal

Humberside Police and NHS North Lincolnshire said they had delivered leaflets warning of the dangers of mephedrone to homes and schools across the county, and posters had been put up in pubs and clubs.

Ch Insp Simon Walker said: "I strongly advise people to heighten their awareness with regard to the obvious dangers of this drug.

"Please if you are out and about this weekend and have any information with regard to the supply of [mephedrone], please speak to a police officer in confidence."

Post-mortem tests have been held and police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests, which will determine whether mephedrone contributed to Mr Wainwright and Mr Smith's deaths.

Mr Smith's parents have called on the government to ban mephedrone, which is sold legally over the internet as "plant food".

Tony and Elaine Smith said they believed their son would not have taken the drug if it had been illegal.



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