Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire illegal rave teenager collapses

A teenager collapsed at an illegal rave in Portsmouth where police believe people were taking so-called legal highs.

The outdoor party was held in a tunnel at Farlington Marshes in Cosham late on Saturday into Sunday morning.

The 19-year-old was taken to hospital where he was in a serious condition for 24 hours but is recovering.

Police believe party-goers were taking legal highs and a number of illegal drugs were also seized.

Insp Jim Atherton, said: "We would like to remind young people and their parents of the potential risks from using 'legal high' drugs.

"We know that some parents are aware their children attend raves such as these, but they may not be aware of the risks of legal highs and the heightened dangers when mixing them with alcohol or other drugs."

He added: "We did not receive any reports from the community about the illegal outdoor party."

Extra officers will be on patrol in the area at the weekend and police said they were working with the landowners to try to stop a repeat.

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