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Teenage girl dies at Leeds Festival in suspected drugs overdose

Steve Bird
Thousands of people attend Leeds Festival every year - SWNS - LEEDS

A 17-year-old girl has died of a suspected drugs overdose at Leeds Festival.

Police were called to the music event in Bramham Park following a report that the girl, who is from the Oldham area, had died shortly after 3.40am. 

Although the cause of her death has not yet been established, officers believe she may have taken a mixture of illegal drugs.

West Yorkshire Police issued a warning about taking and mixing drugs. A twitter account connected to those policiong the festival had earlier warned how some drugs being sold at the site were three times the normal adult strength. It listed the “named substances” As Donkey Kong, Trump and Skype pills, adding that they are “very dangerous” and had been “found in circulation on site”.

Officers have arrested a 17-year-old boy, also from the Oldham area, on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. He remains in custody.

Leeds Festival’s Police Commander, Superintendent Matt Davison said, “Our thoughts are with the family of the girl who has died. We have family liaison officers in place supporting them and they have asked that their privacy is respected at this extremely difficult time.

“While the exact cause of her death is yet to be established, the information we have indicates that she has taken a combination of drugs. This is a tragic incident and I hope serves as a timely reminder to others of the risk of taking illegal substances, particularly when mixing different types of drugs and drinking alcohol.

“If anyone has any concerns for either themselves or others at the festival, I would urge them to contact staff on-site or seek urgent medical assistance.”

Melvin Benn, of organisers Festival Republic, said: "To say we are deeply saddened about this tragedy is an understatement.

"West Yorkshire Police have taken action against those that may have supplied the drugs, and we will continue to work with them as usual.

"I would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone attending Reading and Leeds Festival that there is no safe way to take prohibited drugs and there are no safe prohibited drugs."

The organisers have stated they do not condone drug abuse on the site. 

The girl died just hours after the American band Foo Fighters had played and a fireworks display had been held. Thousands of people attend the three day event each year. 

In 2016, Lewis Haunch, also 17, died at the festival after taking ecstasy.