Legal high Salvia warning after baby assaulted
Police have issued an urgent warning after it emerged that a youth arrested on suspicion of grabbing a baby from a pram and throwing it to the ground had taken a legal high.
Northumbria Police said another teenager from Northumberland was in hospital having smoked a cigarette which contained a substance called Salvia.
That boy, a pupil at Ashington High School, was in a stable condition having collapsed.
The force said the 16-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an infant in nearby Newbiggin had taken the same substance.
Superintendent Mick Paterson said: "Our advice is, just because it says 'legal' on the packet does not mean it is safe.
"These products are usually made from chemicals that can have a serious effect on your health.
"People appear to be suffering some particularly nasty side effects to this substance, Salvia, and we are concerned that there appears to be a quantity of it circulating in the Ashington area at this time."