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Teenage man arrested after body of 18-year-old woman found in student halls

A man has been arrested after an 18-year-old student died in Newcastle.

The 18-year-old woman died at Newcastle University halls of residence yesterday, police said.

Northumbria Police said officers were called by an ambulance service early on Saturday.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police spokesperson said: “At 6.06am yesterday police received a report via the ambulance service of an unresponsive woman at an address on Richardson Road in Newcastle.

“Emergency services attended where sadly the woman – aged 18 – was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Enquiries into the circumstances around her death are ongoing.

“Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers at this time.

“An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently on police bail while the investigation continues.

“The investigation is at an early stage but this is not believed to be Covid-19 related death.”

A row of police cars was pictured outside the student village following the call-out.

A Newcastle University spokesperson said: “We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of one of our students and our welfare teams are offering support to those affected.

“This is not Covid-related and as this is an active police investigation, we are unable to provide further comment at this time.”

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