Tests on teenager prove inconclusive after suspected ecstasy overdose death

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A YORKSHIRE 17-year-old who died from a suspected ecstasy overdose has been described as “a very dedicated student on track for a successful career”.

Joseph Preston died on Sunday morning, hours after apparently taking the drug while at a music night in Leeds with friends.

Two 18-year-olds arrested by police on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug, understood to be friends of the victim, were released on bail yesterday.

A post-mortem examination to determine how Joe, from Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, died, proved inconclusive and police say further tests will now be needed.

A spokesman for Craven College, where Mr Preston was a second year student in carpentry and joinery, said staff were saddened to hear about the “untimely death”.

She said: “The college is offering support through its counseling service to any students who may be affected by this news.”

Principal Robert Bellfield said: “Joe was a very dedicated student and was on track for a successful career in carpentry and joinery. He was well liked and will be greatly missed by his fellow students.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s family and friends at this distressing time.”

Joe is thought to have attended a dance music night on Saturday at Canal Mills, a venue in Armley, Leeds. Police believe his condition deteriorated after consuming alcohol and ecstasy during the evening and heading to a friend’s house in Shipley.