POLICE have warned people against "harassing, threatening and abusing people" on social media in the wake of the death of a 13-year-old boy who died after being found unconscious in a park.

Carson Price was found unconscious on Friday, in Ystrad Mynach Park. He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Superintendent Nick McLain from Gwent Police confirmed yesterday that he believes someone sold the teenager illegal drugs.

And in a further message, Sup Int McLain has reminded people that grossly offensive or indecent behaviour towards others online could result in a police investigation.

"As I've mentioned in previous messages, we don't want to rush to any conclusions about the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Carson Price and our investigation team are focussed on finding out what happened that evening," wrote the Sup Int.

"This is a very difficult time for Carson's family and friends, school friends and for the community of Ystrad Mynach, but we've been told that there are some hurtful social media posts circulating about the events of Friday night.

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(Supt Int Nick McLain - Credit: Gwent Police)

"Please remember that harassing, threatening and abusing people on social media can be against the law. Our advice is to be as careful on social media as you would in any other form of communication. If you say something about someone which is grossly offensive or is of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, then you could be investigated by the police.

"We need to concentrate our efforts on this investigation, so please help us by allowing our teams to keep all their efforts focussed on it.

"If you feel you are receiving malicious messages or you know of malicious posts on social media that are specifically targeted and make you feel frightened or threatened, you can contact the police or Direct Message us on Facebook or Twitter and we will be able to help you.

"At this moment, we have received no formal reports of this kind but we are being told by the community that this is going on.

"If you have any information at all regarding the incident in Ystrad Mynach Park on Friday 12th April 2019, please call us on 101 quoting log 523 12/4/19 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

"Alternatively, you can send a direct message with information via our Gwent Police Facebook or Twitter social media pages."

Gwent Police have also published advice for those affected by Carson's death, and have urged people us use the below details if they need to talk.

Lewis Boys School

Pupils can visit the school between 10am-12pm on Wednesday 17th April and Thursday 18th April and next week, between 10am-12pm on Tuesday 23rd April, Wednesday 24th April and Thursday 25th April.

Lewis Girls School

Pupils can visit the school between 10am-2pm on Wednesday 17th April and Thursday 18th April and next week, between 9am-1pm on Tuesday 23rd between 10am-2pm. Support is also planned and will also be provided to pupils of Lewis Boys and Lewis Girls School when the pupils return after the Easter holidays.

Caerphilly Children’s Social Services

Telephone: 0808 100 1727

Website: https://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Children-and-families/How-to-get-help-and-support

Dan 247 (Wales Drug and Alcohol helpline)

Here you can talk to somebody about your drug or alcohol problem. There’s also lots of advice for children and parents.

Telephone: You can call DAN 24/7 on 0808 808 2234 anytime day or night and we will give you help and advice

Text: DAN to 81066

Website: Dan247.org.uk


Gives a lot of information regarding self-help, links to other sites and also contacts for getting help. Gwent N-gage is the young person's substance misuse service for Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Newport.

Telephone: 03333 202751

Website: www.choices.cymru/get-help/in-your-area/new-gwent-wide-young-persons-services/


Providing direct support and intervention for service users and families. Also providing information for drug and alcohol users.

Telephone: 0333 999 35 77

Website: www.gdas.wales/contact/


Crimestoppers are an independent charity working to help communities. They are not the police.

Telephone: You can report information anonymously on 0800 555 111 or directly on their website.

Website: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously

Connect Gwent

A service that is working to ensure that victims of crime receive the support, information and guidance that they need in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.

Telephone: 0300 123 21 33

Website: www.connectgwent.org.uk