Girl, 15, collapses in car park and dies ‘after taking MDMA’

A teenager collapsed and died last night after she took MDMA, according to police.

Police launched an investigation after the 15-year-old died in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

A concerned member of the public called 999 at 9.30pm last night after spotting the collapsed girl in a car park.

Police and Ambulance Services attended the scene and took the teenager to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, where she sadly later died.

Enquiries led by the police suggested she had taken MDMA, a party drug that can cause a euphoric sensation for several hours.

Officers warned anyone who has recently purchased the illegal drug to be cautious and aware of the consequences of taking it.

Detective Inspector 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.

“I’d like to appeal to the public who were in the area of Applegarth Car Park last night, who may have seen something which would assist our enquiries to come forward and make contact with the police. Please call our Force Control Room on 101, quoting reference 12190085105 and pass the information on.”

A police cordon is currently in place at the car park to allow officers to conduct a thorough search of the area.

While most MDMA related deaths involve other drugs such as alcohol, it can kill when taken on its own.

Too much MDMA taken in a hot environment can cause serious organ damage and even death if enough water is not drunk.

Conversely, the drug makes the body's cells retain water, leading to a higher risk of water intoxication if too much liquid is consumed.

According to the Office of National Statistics 56 people died in the UK in 2017 having taken MDMA.

Heroin was involved in the deaths of 1,985 people and cocaine 432.

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