Drugs investigation launched after girl aged 14 dies in Scarborough

A teenage girl has died following a suspected drugs incident in North Yorkshire, police say.

The 14-year-old girl was taken to hospital along with another girl aged 13 after they were both found unwell in a house on North Marine Road in Scarborough yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), North Yorkshire Police said.

Very sadly, the 14-year-old was pronounced dead at hospital a short time later.

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The 13-year-old remains there for treatment although police have said her condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

North Yorkshire Police has issued a warning to anyone who has purchased MDMA after the death of a 14-year-old girl who was found ill at a house in Scarborough

Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of offences including supplying Class A drugs. One remained in custody this afternoon, while the other has been released under investigation.

The force has described it as a "devastating incident", issuing a warning to anyone who has acquired MDMA or other illegal drugs.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Wright, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young girl who died as a result of this tragic event, and of all those affected by it.

“Extensive police enquiries are ongoing to determine the events around her death.

North Yorkshire Police has issued a warning to anyone who has purchased MDMA after the death of a 14-year-old girl who was found ill at a house in Scarborough

“Although our investigation is at an early stage, I would urge anyone who has acquired MDMA or other illegal drugs recently not to take them. If you have taken such a drug and feel unwell, it is vital that you seek medical help immediately.

“This is clearly a devastating incident, and I would ask everyone to respect the privacy of the families involved, and refrain from speculating about this incident online.”