Tributes as teen who died ‘after taking MDMA’ in car park is named
This is the first photo of a teenage girl who collapsed and died after taking what police believe is MDMA.
Tributes have been paid to Leah Heyes following her death on Saturday night in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences by police investigating the 15-year-old’s death.
Emergency services were called by a concerned member of the public at 9.30pm who found the 15-year-old in a car park.
She was taken to James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough, where she later died.
North Yorkshire Police issued a warning about MDMA to drug users and said they had not ruled out making further arrests.
A force spokesman said: “Police are now in a position to name the 15-year-old girl who died in hospital after collapsing in the Applegarth car park, in Northallerton, on the night of Saturday 11 May.
“Her name is Leah Heyes from Northallerton.”
He added: “We believe that Leah had taken the drug MDMA – also known as ecstasy or a ‘bomb’ – prior to collapsing and we reiterate our warning to anyone who uses drugs of the potential consequences.
“At this stage, one teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.
“However, officers have not ruled out making further arrests as the investigation continues.”
The force said officers are continuing to investigate to determine the circumstances surrounding Leah’s death on Saturday night.
A post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of her death.
On Facebook, tributes have been paid to Leah with one pal saying “You’ll never be forgotten, gorgeous”.
Another added: “R.I.P. Sweet dreams, a life taken way to soon. Sleep tight leah Xxxx”
While a third said: “If today’s taught us anything it’s never to take anyone or anything for granted, fly high leah we all miss you so much.”
Floral and picture tributes have also been left at the car park this morning.
The area was cordoned off yesterday as North Yorkshire Police issued a warning to anyone who had purchased the drug, once known as ecstacy.
Det Insp Jon Sygrove said “This is an incredibly sad and tragic event and police enquiries are ongoing to determine the events around the girl’s death.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with her family and friends. As our investigation continues, I’d advise anyone who has purchased MDMA recently to be cautious about taking it.
“If you have already taken the drug and feel unwell, please seek medical assistance immediately.”
Police appealed to anyone in in the area of Applegarth car park on Saturday night to get in touch.
MDMA is the chemical name for the Class A drug Ecstasy, which became popular in the 80s and 90s as a clubbing drug.
It alters mood and perception and gives users a feeling of being energised. It illegal to have, give away or sell it. Possession carries a seven year jail term. Supplying carries a potential life sentence and unlimited fine.
From 1996 to 2014, there were 670 deaths where ecstasy/MDMA was said to be the cause.
Most recent Office for National Statistics data shows there were 56 deaths, again in England and Wales, linked to ecstasy in 2017, down on 63 the year before.
There were 3,756 deaths from all types of drugs in 2017 – the highest total since records began in 1993.
Two-thirds of drug-related deaths were related to misuse, with use of heroin, morphine, and cocaine rising.