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Tribute to teenager suspected of taking ecstasy

Sophie Leigh Balmer died on Sunday Credit: Merseyside Police

The family of a Merseyside teenager who police believe died after taking green "Rock Star" ecstasy have paid tribute to her.

They say Sophie Leigh Balmer was a "beautiful talented girl - a free spirit."

"The whole family are devastated that our baby's life can be so cruelly taken away."

"We would like to say thank you to everyone who has given us support at this sad time and would ask that we be given time to grieve with our family and friends in private."

A 19 year old from Litherland is the second teenager to be questoned on suspicion of drugs offences.

Second arrest over suspected drugs death

Merseyside Police has arrested a second man on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug following the death of 18-year-old girl in Liverpool.

Sophie Leigh Balmer died over the weekend after taking what's being called 'green ecstasy.'

Police arrested a 19 year old man from the Litherland area this morning, and 18 year old man was arrested last night and has been released on bail.

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Warning about ecstasy following girl's death

Merseyside Police have issued a warning about a batch of ecstasy-type tablets after an 18 year old girl died in Liverpool at the weekend.

It is thought Sophie Lee Balmer may have taken a green Ecstasy tablet known as a 'Rock Star' shortly before she died.

One of the region's leading experts says people who use recreational drugs have no idea what they are taking.

Tim Scott reports:

Suspected drugs death in Liverpool

Merseyside Police has issued a warning following the death of an 18-year-old.

The teenager, who is from Walton, was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital at 1.40pm yesterday after becoming unwell.

She died at the hospital a short while later.

A post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

In the meantime detectives believe that the deceased may have taken a green coloured 'Rock Star' Ecstasy tablet shortly before she died and as a precautionary measure they are warning people not to take this type of tablet.

it's believed the teenager may have taken green coloured ecstasy tablets Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive

Inquiries are underway to find out where the tablets were bought and officers are appealing to anyone who may have information to contact St Anne Street Police station on 0151 777 6064, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.