REGIONAL: Drugs warning after Nissan worker dies from taking home-made Ecstasy tablet

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a Nissan worker who died after taking what is believed to be a home-made Ecstasy tablet.

Christopher Dean Owens, of Lumley Avenue, South Shields, was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital at about 2.20pm on Sunday. The 20-year-old later died.

Brendan Tapping, headteacher of St Wilfrid’s, Christopher’s former school, said: “Everyone at St Wilfrid’s would like to express their deepest sympathy and condolences for Christopher’s family and friends at this sad time.”

Paramedics had been called to the semi-detached property by his father, who raised the alarm. It is thought he had taken Ecstasy, which is believed to have been homemade.

Detective Inspector Paul Woods said: “If anyone thinks they have taken this drug, they should seek immediate medical attention.”