Hundreds mourn meow meow death teenager

HUNDREDS of mourners today attended the funeral of a 19-year-old chef from Scunthorpe who died after taking the controversial drug mephedrone on a night out.

Nicholas Smith, from Winterton, north Lincolnshire, and his friend Louis Wainwright, 18, died on March 15 after a night out in the town.

Their deaths sparked widespread concern over the use of mephedrone - which is also known as M-Cat, Meow Meow or Plant Food.

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Today, family and friends braved cold temperatures and sleet at Woodlands Crematorium in Scunthorpe to pay their respects to Mr Smith.

As the funeral cortege approached, the crowd fell silent and many wiped away tears.

Mourners were led by Mr Smith's mother and father, Tony and Elaine, and siblings, Matt and Holly.

Twin sister Holly was visibly upset and was comforted by her parents, who held hands as their son's casket was lifted from the hearse.

Mr Smith's brother Matt looked emotional as he lifted the coffin, topped with yellow and peach floral arrangements, on to his shoulders along with other pallbearers, who made their way slowly into the crematorium.

After the 20-minute service, family and friends left the crematorium to attend a private church service at All Saint's Church, Winterton.

Floral tributes were left at the crematorium.

A card on one bouquet, from Mr Smith's grandmother, read: "In loving memory my beautiful boy. May you shine in heaven ever more. Broken-hearted, Gran x"

Mr Wainwright's funeral is due to take place tomorrow.

In an unrelated incident, the funeral was also taking place today of Lois Waters, 24, who died after also apparently taking mephedrone.

She was found dead at a friend's house in the village of Norton, near Malton, North Yorkshire, on March 22.

Police confirmed she had taken mephedrone in the 48 hours before her death but said it will take some time to determine exactly why she died.