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Drugs warning across North Yorkshire


7:23am 23rd April 2012

It could take up to 2 weeks to identify what the substance was that killed a 16 year old girl in North Yorkshire.  

Poppy Rodgers from York died in hospital after taking a yellow white paste on Friday morning.

The 2 people arrested in connection with her death have now been bailed.

Police have issued an urgent drugs warning though.

It's after a 21 year old local man was been treated in hospital because of it too, he's now made a good recovery and has been discharged.

Police are still investigating what happened.

North Yorkshire Police Statement:

York suspected drugs death - update

Update 2.40pm Sunday 22 April 2012:

The 21-year-old man who was taken hospital has made a good recovery and has now been discharged from York District Hospital.

The two people who were arrested in connection with the incident, a 26-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man have been released on police bail as enquiries into the incident continue.

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 –and ask for York CID.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Update on suspected drugs death in York - safety warning issued

North Yorkshire Police are continuing to investigate the suspected drugs-related death of a 16-year-old girl in York.

Paramedics were called to a house in the Tang Hall area at about 11.25pm on Thursday (19 April 2012). The girl was taken to York District Hospital where she was pronounced dead in the early hours of Friday (20 April 2012) following attempts to resuscitate her.

A 21-year-old local man, believed to be connected to the incident, is in a serious but stable condition. He was taken to York District Hospital by a friend.

A 23-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both from York, have been arrested and bailed in connection with the investigation.

Police enquiries have been ongoing in and around the address at Tang Hall as officers work to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation are urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and select option 1.

Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Please quote reference number 12120062307.

Safety warning…

In relation to this investigation, North Yorkshire Police and the North Yorkshire & York Primary Care Trust are urging anyone with drug-related health concerns to seek medical assistance without delay.

Either contact your GP or go to straight to hospital if required.

The yellow/white paste involved in this particular case is undergoing tests to determine exactly what it contains, although amphetamine is believed to be involved.

Until this is confirmed, people are strongly urged not to risk taking substances matching this description or of a similar nature.

One girl has already died and a young man was in a serious but stable condition in hospital, so the potential dangers are very real.

Anyone who has concerns about a child or young person who is vulnerable or at risk of harm can call City of York Council’s Youth Support Services’ Children’s Front Door on 01904 551900 or email : childrensfrontdoor@york.gov.uk.

Young adults aged 16 to 25 can get free and confidential information, support, advice and counselling: drop in to Youth Support Services, 29 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN, call 01904 555400 or click here.

For more advice and guidance about drug awareness, please go to the Home Office’s website just click here.



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