Teenager Found Dead At North East Care Home

A 16-year-old girl was found dead at a care home. Staff at High View in Wallsend alerted emergency services after finding the youngster in her bedroom at noon yesterday. The cause of death has not been determined.

Her body has not yet been formally identified although she is from the Wakefield area and her parents have been informed.

The care home is privately-run and has placements by North Tyneside Council social services.

It provides shelter for young people who have disturbed backgrounds. Three teenagers had been living there.

Det Insp Nigel Howitt, of North Tyneside CID, said: “We were called to the unexplained death of a 16-year-old female at the home yesterday.

“Inquiries were carried out among staff and residents. A post mortem took place last night and proved inconclusive.

“A report will be made to the North Tyneside coroner after further tests are carried out.”

People living near the home told the Chronicle there had been disturbances with teenagers in the past leaving the building and getting drunk.

However, it is understood the 16-year-old had no history of problems while staying in the care home.

There was also no indication she had been involved with drugs.

Staff are co-operating with the Northumbria Police investigation on behalf of the coroner. Toxicology and other tests are expected to take up to three months to complete.

A neighbour said: “The ambulance crew went in about noon and police were also there.

“There were people in white boiler suits and it looked like they were carrying out forensic work at the house.

“I saw detectives talking to people in and around the house.”

A 51-year-old man, who lives on High View, also saw police at the address.

He said: “We thought it must have been something serious because there were officers all over the place.

“There have been a few minor problems at that house since they came in, but it’s tragic for a young lass to die like that.”

A 32-year-old mum-of-two said: “There have been kids with drink and drugs problems in there.

“The police were in there with white suits on all yesterday afternoon.”

Two years ago residents in the area objected to the property being used to house teenagers with problems.

A North Tyneside Council spokesman said: “The death of any child is tragic and our thoughts are with the family and friends of this young woman.

“We are supporting the police investigations into her death at the privately-owned care home.”