Police investigate three suspected drugs deaths at houses within 24 hours

Tributes have been paid to Amy Reid from Cookstown, Co Tyrone

TWO members of a Co Antrim family and a young woman from Co Tyrone have died in suspected drugs overdoses within a 24-hour period.

Police are investigating the three deaths in the two separate incidents.

A family have been left devastated by a double tragedy following the deaths of an uncle and his nephew in Newtownabbey.

Gavin (38) and Mark (24) Scott from were found dead at a house in Hillview Park on Friday night. Police said they are not treating the deaths as suspicious but post mortems are due to be carried out.

It is understood that Mark's mother was on holiday in Spain when news broke of the tragedy.

The deaths of Gavin, who was from Carnmoney and Mark Scott, who grew up in the Glengormley area and was a former pupil at Belfast Royal Academy, has left the community in "shock".

John Scott, Mayor of Newtownabbey and Antrim Borough Council, said: "Both these men would have been well-known in the area and their deaths are devastating.

"Gavin's family would own a pub in Carnmoney and he would have worked there, so he would be particularly well-known. The whole community has been left completely in shock.

"It is terrible what has happened to them and devastating for their families."

Meanwhile, a young woman who died from a suspected drugs overdose in Co Tyrone has been described as a "beautiful little angel".

Amy Reid (21) from Cookstown died during the early hours of Friday morning. It is believed she had been at a house party in the village of Coagh when she died.

A PSNI said two men, aged 26 and 39, and a woman, aged 32, were arrested in connection with drugs-related enquiries. The three were also briefly taken to hospital as a precaution.

They were later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Tributes have paid to Ms Reid, whose family is believed to well-known in the Cookstown area.

A friend wrote: "We have lost the most kind hearted girl I know on the planet who would do anything for anyone, can't even come to terms with this, just thankful I got the privilege to grow up with you Amy Reid and still after 20years be able to call you my best friend.

"Rest in peace my beautiful little angel to we meet again."

Another pal said: "I loved that little girl. She was a one-off. We had lots of laughs and she would do anything for anybody."


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