THREE new arrests have been made almost a year on from the tragic death of a York teenager.

Three people have been arrested today (September 20) in connection with the death of Josh Reeson.

North Yorkshire Police say that a 16-year-old girl, 17-year-old boy and a 34-year-old woman, all from York, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A. They all remain in custody at this time.

Josh died in the early hours of Sunday, September 27, after having taken illegal drugs.

A police spokesman said: "Two men, aged 38 and 19, and two teenage boys aged 17 and 18, all remain under investigation.

"Two teenage boys, aged 15 and 16 who were arrested at the time, will face no further action.

"Anyone who has any information which could help the investigation into Josh’s tragic death, or anyone who saw a group of teenagers in the Fulford area of York in the early hours on Sunday (27 September 2020) is asked to contact Police. Dial 101, press 2 and ask to speak to CID York. Or email

"Please quote reference number 12200169915 when passing on any information.

"If you know anyone who deals drugs or you are concerned about someone who is taking drugs, please get in touch on 101. The police are here to help.

"Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0888 555 111."

An inquest into Josh's death began in February and heard that he died after taking Ecstasy.

Assistant coroner John Broadbridge told Northallerton Coroners Court, a post mortem had revealed that the illegal drug was the medical cause of Josh Reeson’s death.

Josh, from New Earswick, died in York Hospital on September 27 last year.

He had been taken there after he became ill in Fulford shortly before 4am that day.

The inquest was adjourned until a date to be arranged.

Following his death, North Yorkshire Police arrested six people.

At the time, Josh was the third teenager in York and North Yorkshire to die from a drug-related death in the past 18 months.

Leah Hayes, 15, died in Northallerton in May 2019 after being given Ecstasy and a 14-year-old girl died in Scarborough in May 2020.

Julia Mulligan who was the county’s police, fire and crime commissioner, said at the time about Josh’s death: “The availability of illegal substances on our streets is a huge concern to me, and has been for some time. 

"Not enough has been done to tackle this, and that has to change.”