Sunday 22 April 2018

Police search for 'naked teenager who fell into a river after taking a legal high'

Police Sgt Kevin Rowe said the youth “may have taken some sort of legal high.
Police Sgt Kevin Rowe said the youth “may have taken some sort of legal high."

Lydia Willgress

A naked teenager is feared to have fallen into a river after taking a so-called “legal high”.

The 16-year-old, who has not been named, was allegedly seen running near the River Dart in Totnes, Devon in the UK, nude and in a “distressed state”.

He is believed to have taken a “new psychoactive substance” - formerly known as “legal highs” - before entering the water around 6.30pm on Friday. He has not been seen since.

Devon and Cornwall Police said divers were searching the river along with volunteers from the Dartmoor Search and Rescue group, coastguards and fire crews.

Police Sgt Kevin Rowe said the youth “may have taken some sort of legal high which has had an adverse effect on his behaviour and caused him to behave quite irrationally”.

Kingsbridge Police added on Facebook: “A multi-agency search operation is currently taking place in Totnes around the area of Swallowfields and Dartington Hall.

“At about 6.30pm yesterday police received a call about concerns for a teenage boy. He was seen a short time later to jump into the River Dart naked and has not been seen since.”

The search continued on Saturday morning but rescuers said it was difficult to predict where the teenager could have ended up because he may not have been thinking straight.

New psychoactive substances are designed to replicate the effects of illegal substances. It is now illegal in the UK to supply the highs for human consumption.

A Home Office document updated this month states: “People may refer to these drugs as “legal highs” but all psychoactive substances are now either under the control of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or subject to the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.”

The teenager is described as having a slim build with blonde hair.

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