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Enquiries following tragic death of teenage girl in Scarborough

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Police have appealed for information and issued a warning about illegal drugs after a teenage girl died in Scarborough.

Officers were called by the ambulance service to a report that a girl had become unwell at an address in Scarborough, at about 4pm on Wednesday 20 May 2020.

On attendance, two teenage girls were found unwell at a property in the North Marine Road area of the town. Both girls were taken by ambulance to hospital.

Tragically, a 14-year-old girl was pronounced dead at hospital a short time later.

A 13-year-old girl remains in hospital. Her condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

Two teenage boys have been arrested by police on suspicion of offences involving the supply of Class A drugs. One has been released under investigation, the other remains in custody at this time.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Wright, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young girl who died as a result of this tragic event, and of all those affected by it.

“Extensive police enquiries are ongoing to determine the events around her death.

“Although our investigation is at an early stage, I would urge anyone who has acquired MDMA or other illegal drugs recently not to take them. If you have taken such a drug and feel unwell, it is vital that you seek medical help immediately.

“This is clearly a devastating incident, and I would ask everyone to respect the privacy of the families involved, and refrain from speculating about this incident online.”

Anyone with information about the incident, who has not already spoken to police, is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting reference 12200084012.

Last modified: May 21, 2020