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Teenager arrested after 13-year-old dies of suspected drugs overdose

A teenage boy has been arrested after a 13-year-old died from a suspected drugs overdose.

Mehmet Altun was admitted to hospital on Thursday after falling ill in Bournemouth.

He was taken to hospital for treatment but later died.

Dorset Police said officers are awaiting results of a post-mortem examination but believe he died of a drugs overdose.

A 14-year-old boy from Bournemouth has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class A controlled drug and is helping officers with inquiries.

Detective Inspector Neil Third, who is leading the investigation, has appealed for anyone with information that could help their investigation to come forward.

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He said: “We believe that Mehmet went out with his bike for a while between approximately 12.10pm and 1.45pm. The bike is described as an orange/red mountain bike with two different types of wheels.

“I am hoping that somebody saw him during that time and can help us establish where he went and whether he met up with anyone.

“Anyone with information that might help our investigation is urged to contact us.”

He stressed that it has not been confirmed yet why Mehmet died, but urged people to “please think again” before taking illegal substances.

“You can never be sure what you are taking when you use illegal substances and the side-effects are unpredictable and potentially may have tragic consequences,” he added.

Class A drugs are considered by law to be the most harmful, with penalties for supplying them including up to life in prison.

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