Former Plymouth student dies after suspected drugs incident
Devastated parents today paid tribute to their former Plymouth student son who died in a suspected drug incident after clubbing with friends.
Nick Bonnie, 30, worked as a manager for the Prince of Wales' young people's charity, The Prince's Trust and had been to Highgrove on several occasions and attended one of the Queen's garden parties at Buckingham Palace.
He was with friends at the Warehouse Project in Trafford, Manchester when he fell ill in the early hours of Saturday morning and died in hospital.
Police are now warning of a suspected "particularly bad batch" of drugs in circulation, with five others from the venue admitted to hospital.
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In a statement, Mr Bonnie's parents Pauline and Andy Bonnie said: "This news has devastated the lives of us, Nick's two brothers Thomas and Ryan, and his beautiful devoted girlfriend, Leah.
"Our family and friends, Nick's friends, work colleagues, all those who had the privilege of knowing him and those he helped in his employment with the Princes Trust, are equally devastated.
"Nick was born in King's Stanley and went to the local primary school. He progressed to Marling before taking a gap year and travelling around Australia before gaining his degree at university in Plymouth. He returned home to work with a local firm of solicitors in Stroud before embarking on the true vocation of his life, working with the Prince's Trust.
"He has helped many young people in the early stages of his employment there and helped raise funds and promote the profile of the Trust in his current role. He has been to Highgrove on several occasions and attended one of the Queen's garden parties at Buckingham Palace.
"Nick played local football for King's Stanley youth teams up until the age of 16, Leonard Stanley Under 18s, Brimscombe & Thrupp and finally, Cashes Green. Nick was a keen sportsman, avid follower of Liverpool FC and only last week completed the Tough Mudder challenge for Help for Heroes in Wales.
"Nick was known by many as having a big heart, big personality and the most infectious smile in Stroud.
"Our thanks go out to all those who have taken the time to send messages of support to our family. Our lives and all those who were blessed to share a part in his life, are broken. Our life will never be the same without Nick and he will never be forgotten."
Police launched an investigation after being called to Manchester Royal Infirmary at about 4.30am on Saturday following Mr Bonnie's death.
Five other people were admitted to hospital feeling unwell after taking a "controlled drug" - believed to be ecstasy, at the same venue, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.
It is understood Mr Bonnie travelled north with friends to attend the annual launch event at the venue, an old warehouse on Trafford Park a couple of miles from Manchester city centre.
At the same venue the following night a suspected dealer swallowed his drugs after being caught by security and police called. He is in a critical condition in hospital.
Detective inspector Aaron Duggan, from GMP, said: "It is possible that there may a particularly bad batch of drugs out there in the community and that is a concern to us.
Mr Duggan added: "I would always urge people not to take illegal drugs and remind them that you do not know what they have been made up with. They can contain poisons and illicit chemicals that can have potentially fatal effects."
Mr Bonnie's death is the latest in a number of drug-related fatalities amongst young clubbers in the North West of England.
A spokesman for GMP said inquiries are continuing.
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7655 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.