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Legal high Salvia warning after baby assaulted

BY TOM WILKINSON

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."

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