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Three 18-year-olds and a 21-year-old man die after taking drugs in the northeast during lockdown

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Police are issuing an urgent drugs warning after three teenagers and a 21-year-old man died over the weekend during local lockdown in the North East.

Investigations have been launched after two women, both aged 18, and a 21-year-old man died in Newcastle, and an 18-year-old man died in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

Drugs are believed to have played a part in all four deaths and postmortems are due to take place.

Assistant Chief Constable Neil Hutchison said: ‘First and foremost, our thoughts go out to the families and loved ones of those who have sadly died.

An 18-year-old died at a Newcastle University halls of residence Saturday after being discovered unconscious. Pictured: Police at the scene

An 18-year-old died at a Newcastle University halls of residence Saturday after being discovered unconscious. Pictured: Police at the scene

‘Although our investigations are still at a very early stage and we continue to establish the circumstances surrounding the deaths, we are warning people against taking drugs.

‘We would urge anybody thinking about taking drugs to please not take the risk. The consequences could cost you your life.

‘If anyone has any information about who has supplied the drugs in question then we would also encourage them to contact us at the earliest opportunity.’

This weekend an 18-year-old man was arrested after a female student, 18, died in a Newcastle University halls of residence.

Paramedics rushed to Richardson Road in Newcastle – where the Park View student village halls are located – early on Saturday morning.

The teenager was discovered unconscious and, although medics battled to save her life, she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

An investigation was launched into her death and police have now confirmed that an 18-year-old man has been arrested. 

Paramedics rushed to Richardson Road in Newcastle - where the Park View student village halls (pictured) are located - early on Saturday morning

Paramedics rushed to Richardson Road in Newcastle – where the Park View student village halls (pictured) are located – early on Saturday morning 

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.’

Anyone who has information about the drugs should still contact Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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Department of Justice will file an antitrust lawsuit against Google today

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The Department of Justice on Tuesday will file an anti-trust lawsuit against Google, claiming it uses its unprecedented power unfairly to preserve its ‘monopoly’ over the internet.

Senior justice officials cited by The Wall Street Journal say the complaint will allege that Google plays favorites with businesses, shutting out any possible competitors, and also uses the billions it makes in ad revenue to boost its own presence on Apple an Android devices by ensuring they become the go-to search engine on smartphones. 

They will argue that Google makes it impossible for any competing search engines to have a sizeable share of the market because a) advertisers go to them and no one else to make their market their products and b) that gives Google an unfair advantage in dominating the search engine market on smartphones. 

Google has not responded to the rumored lawsuit. 

It comes amid growing questions and concerns in the government over the power of Big Tech. 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has insisted in the past that the company runs fairly. The lawsuit has not yet been filed

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has insisted in the past that the company runs fairly. The lawsuit has not yet been filed

Part of the lawsuit complains that Google dominates the market on desktop, tablet and mobile

Part of the lawsuit complains that Google dominates the market on desktop, tablet and mobile

Facebook has come under similar scrutiny in recent years for running a monopoly on how people communicate, through Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp – all of which Mark Zuckerberg owns. 

Facebook, Twitter and Google – all notoriously run by left-leaning businessmen and predominantly out of California – have also been accused of using their power to exert political bias over the billions of people who use them. 

Deputy AG Jeffrey A. Rosen is expected to release more information later on Tuesday

Deputy AG Jeffrey A. Rosen is expected to release more information later on Tuesday

Google has long been accused or favoring left-wing media in Google News. Its CEO, Sundar Pichai, has claimed repeatedly that an algorithm determines what is shown and nothing else. 

Last week, Facebook and Twitter were accused of election interference by blocking an unflattering article about Joe Biden and his dealings with Ukraine.

Facebook claimed it wanted its fact checkers to vet the story, without explanation, and Twitter said it violated privacy laws. 

The lawsuit is the result of a years-long investigation into Google. 

Not only does it occupy the search engine space but Alphabet, its parent company, also owns YouTube, which has dominated online video platforms for years. 

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen is expected to give more information on the lawsuit on Tuesday morning. 

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Social media users share their ‘Trumpkins’ as they carve their pumpkins to resemble Donald Trump

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As Hallowe’en approaches, there are few things that scare Joe Biden supporters more than the prospect of President Donald Trump being re-elected in November.

And this year people have once again taken carving the President’s face into Jack-o-lanterns to celebrate the spooky holiday.

Social media users have repeated the trend that appeared in 2016 when Trump first ran for the presidency.

People from across the US and even in the UK have posted pictures of intricately carved pumpkins, decorated to look like the 45th President. 

Social media users have restarted a 'Trumpkin' craze again this year, decorating Jack-o-lanterns in the style of the 45th President

Social media users have restarted a ‘Trumpkin’ craze again this year, decorating Jack-o-lanterns in the style of the 45th President

This Trumpkin features the President surrounded by two coronavirus shaped pumpkins while being injected with a medicine

This Trumpkin features the President surrounded by two coronavirus shaped pumpkins while being injected with a medicine

A social media user posted a picture of this Trumpkin showing the President illuminated behind bars

A social media user posted a picture of this Trumpkin showing the President illuminated behind bars

Most Trumpkins feature the President shouting or making a grotesque face, including this one, which features pumpkin flesh in place of his hair

Most Trumpkins feature the President shouting or making a grotesque face, including this one, which features pumpkin flesh in place of his hair

This Trumpkin uses twigs for hair and has been intricately carved to show the President pursing his lips as he speaks

This Trumpkin uses twigs for hair and has been intricately carved to show the President pursing his lips as he speaks

A creative social media user painted this Trumpkin to achieve the President's likeness and used a fallen leaf in place of his hair

A creative social media user painted this Trumpkin to achieve the President’s likeness and used a fallen leaf in place of his hair

This Trumpkin was placed upside down to use the natural lines of the pumpkin to show the President's facial contortions

This Trumpkin was placed upside down to use the natural lines of the pumpkin to show the President’s facial contortions

One pumpkin shows a wailing Donald Trump placed next to a small flag advertising his 2020 presidential campaign

One pumpkin shows a wailing Donald Trump placed next to a small flag advertising his 2020 presidential campaign

Many anti-Trump social media users have joked comparing the pumpkins colour to Donald Trump’s own famously orange complexion. 

People have been using everything from creative carving and paint to wigs and globs of shredded pumpkin pulp to get the perfect likeness of the man in the White House.

Some have added ties and hats with ‘Make Halloween Great Again’ written on top to perfect the likeness.

This Trumpkin has been left outside to rot, causing an ugly disfigurement to the pumpkin flesh

This Trumpkin has been left outside to rot, causing an ugly disfigurement to the pumpkin flesh

Another Trumpkin has been placed on its side, using the pumpkin's stalk in place of a nose and decorating the hair with a pair of scissors and a rat

Another Trumpkin has been placed on its side, using the pumpkin’s stalk in place of a nose and decorating the hair with a pair of scissors and a rat

Some social media users have used cut out pictures of the President's mouth and eyes to achieve the same effect

Some social media users have used cut out pictures of the President’s mouth and eyes to achieve the same effect

Another Trumpkin maker has left their Jack-o-lantern outside to rot ahead of October 31 this year

Another Trumpkin maker has left their Jack-o-lantern outside to rot ahead of October 31 this year

This social media user has gone all out with a proper wig and stars and stripes tie used to decorate their Trumpkin

This social media user has gone all out with a proper wig and stars and stripes tie used to decorate their Trumpkin

A Trumpkin has been given an extremely prominent, painted mouth as well as spiky eyebrows and a nest used for hair

A Trumpkin has been given an extremely prominent, painted mouth as well as spiky eyebrows and a nest used for hair

Many anti-Trump social media users have joked comparing the pumpkins colour to Donald Trump's own famously orange complexion

Many anti-Trump social media users have joked comparing the pumpkins colour to Donald Trump’s own famously orange complexion

A baby-like Trumpkin depicts the President's face in an impressive carving deep into the fruit's flesh

A baby-like Trumpkin depicts the President’s face in an impressive carving deep into the fruit’s flesh

Others have used bits of straw in place of the President’s infamous hair, stuck cut out pictures in place of his eyes and mouth, or even been left outside to rot in one case.

One of Trumpkins posted online shows the President vomiting out pumpkin seeds and flesh in a grotesque display.

Another depicts Tump being injected with medication for Covid-19 while being surrounded by smaller pumpkins shaped to look like the coronavirus. 

Twitter user John West shared a poem online to help explain the Trumpkin craze. 

A Trumpkin features a red MAGA hat, rewritten with the phrase 'Make Halloween Great Again

A Trumpkin features a red MAGA hat, rewritten with the phrase ‘Make Halloween Great Again

This mouth-heavy Trumpkin features the President head placed on a white box with a huge red tie and tiny baby doll arms

This mouth-heavy Trumpkin features the President head placed on a white box with a huge red tie and tiny baby doll arms

A labelled Trumpkin uses and upturned piece of the pumpkin as the President's hair

A labelled Trumpkin uses and upturned piece of the pumpkin as the President’s hair

A more content-looking Trumpkin rests on it back next to the hollowed-out innards of the pumpkin

A more content-looking Trumpkin rests on it back next to the hollowed-out innards of the pumpkin

One Twitter user wrote 'orange on the outside, hollow on the inside, and should be thrown out in November'

One Twitter user wrote ‘orange on the outside, hollow on the inside, and should be thrown out in November’

Another Trumpkin again makes use of the pumpkin's stalk as a facial feature while using straw for the eyebrows and hair

Another Trumpkin again makes use of the pumpkin’s stalk as a facial feature while using straw for the eyebrows and hair

He wrote: ‘Definition: “Trumpkin”. It’s orange on the outside, hollow on the inside, and should be thrown out in November.’

Another user said: ‘I am absolutely carving a Donald Trumpkin this year. It’ll be the scariest thing in our display, and we already have a flayed dismembered head.’

Instagram creator GardenCoach wrote: ‘Trumpkin! My first try, wanted a better hairdo but hey so does he.’ 

Another wrote: ‘What do you call Halloween pumpkin that is as orange as Trump’s face and is promising to make Halloween great again? You call it a Trumpkin!’

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BBC ‘terrifies’ the elderly with ‘threatening’ licence fee letters warning viewers of a £1,000 fine

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The BBC has been accused of ‘terrifying’ the elderly with ‘threatening’ licence fee letters warning viewers of a £1,000 fine if they do not pay the £157.50-a-year cost.

Social media users complained online after receiving the letters, which are emblazoned with red capital letters and informed recipients they could face prosecution.

The letter reads: ‘Our records show your property has no TV licence. I visited today, to find out why.

‘You have not replied to our letters. So my visit today was the next stage of the official investigation into why your address doesn’t have a TV licence.’ 

The letter, emblazoned with red capital letters, reads: 'Our records show your property has no TV licence. I visited today, to find out why', before warning viewers of a £1,000 fine

The letter, emblazoned with red capital letters, reads: ‘Our records show your property has no TV licence. I visited today, to find out why’, before warning viewers of a £1,000 fine

The outside of the letter, reading 'please do not ignore' in red capital letters, in a picture posted to social media by engineer Britney Beers, 28, from Glasgow

The outside of the letter, reading ‘please do not ignore’ in red capital letters, in a picture posted to social media by engineer Britney Beers, 28, from Glasgow

It then goes on to detail the potential fines and prosecution the recipient could face.

Among those to complain was engineer ‘Britney Beers’, 28, who shared a picture of the letter on Twitter yesterday.

Britney, from Glasgow, owns a TV but says she does not watch BBC shows.

She uploaded her letter to social media and wrote: ‘Absolutely f***ing wild how threatening the TV licence letters are.’ 

Another Twitter user also posted: ‘My parents (88 years!) have just received your threatening letter demanding they set up a direct debit to pay their licence fee.

‘They are now highly stressed as they don’t know how to do this! I do hope you are proud of the stress you are causing our parents.’

A third added: ‘My elderly mother with dementia received her licence letter this morning. Petrified and in tears, worried sick about the fee. I am so not.’

A fourth person complained: ‘Thanks for sending a really threatening letter for cancelling my direct debit, even though my licence is paid for and valid until April 2021. 

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Social media users, above, complained online after receiving the letters, which are emblazoned with red capital letters and informed recipients could face prosecution

Social media users, above, complained online after receiving the letters, which are emblazoned with red capital letters and informed recipients could face prosecution

‘There’s thousands of people losing their jobs at the moment.’

Speaking today, Britney said: ‘I don’t like answering the door to people I don’t know or not expecting if I’m in on my own. The man knocked and then posted that through the door. It’s also intimidating. 

‘I was surprised at how threatening it is, I didn’t expect them to be as demanding as that and since the recent change making pensioners pay for it, it would scare them. It’s so threatening.’

If enquiry officers suspect that BBC or iPlayer programmes are being watched without a licence fee, they may pay a visit to your home.

They cannot enter the premises, but may apply for a search warrant in order to do so.

On Sunday, it was revealed that the company responsible for collecting the licence fee made an embarrassing mistake that allowed hundreds of elderly people to pay a weekly direct debit. 

Capita (offices pictured) allowed hundreds to sign up for a weekly direct debit, before having to scrap system so anyone over 75 not paying won't have their licence cancelled (file photo)

Capita (offices pictured) allowed hundreds to sign up for a weekly direct debit, before having to scrap system so anyone over 75 not paying won’t have their licence cancelled (file photo)

Capita allowed hundreds of over 75s to sign up for this service, only for them to realise you cannot have weekly direct debits because of their automatic cancellation system.

The system had to be scrapped so anyone over the age of 75 who isn’t paying will not have their licence cancelled.

A spokeswoman for TV Licensing said: ‘The majority of people pay their TV licence on a regular basis, however, there will always be some who need to be reminded.

‘Where no response is received to repeated letters, it is important to let households know the consequences of evasion.

‘Letters sent become progressively stronger in tone, depending on whether people respond to enquiries or not. TV Licensing does its best not to trouble genuine non-viewers, but we have a duty to enforce the law.’

MailOnline has reached out to the BBC for comment. 

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