Shortly after 3.30 a.m. on Saturday 18 May 2013, police and ambulance were called to a house in Warrington to a report of a 16 year old girl with breathing difficulties. The girl did not live at the address, but was present with a small group of teenagers.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics and medical staff, the teenager died just before 5 a.m. the same morning. Her next of kin have been informed.
Police investigating this tragic death are looking at the possibility that the girl may have taken an illegal substance, prior to becoming ill.
Police enquiries have commenced, and are focused on establishing the movements of the deceased during the evening prior to her death. A post mortem will take place in due course which will provide insight into the exact cause of this tragic death, and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.
In the meantime, police are mindful that many schools and colleges have broken up this weekend in preparation for the exam period, and that many young people will be enjoying socialising and parties tonight. While the exact cause of this tragic death needs to be fully established, police would like to ask everyone to be mindful of this tragedy, and to enjoy themselves safely.
Superintendent Martin Cleworth, of the Warrington Police Command Team said, "Our thoughts this morning are with the family and friends of the young girl who lost her life. Specially trained police officers are providing support to them.
Our investigations into the cause of her death are at an early stage, and I would appeal for public help and support in progressing these.
I would also like to re-iterate the message, and to young people in particular, around the dangers of taking any illegal substance."
Anyone who has any information which could assist officers investigating the death of the 16 year old girl, is asked to contact Warrington Police on the Police non emergency number 101, quoting incident number 187. Police would also ask that anyone who is offered illegal substances, or has any concerns, makes contact with Warrington Police . Alternatively, information can be left anonymously on the Crimestoppers hotline 0800 555 111."