2 arrests over 'ecstasy death'

Police investigating the death of a teenager who died after apparently taking ecstasy have arrested a second man. Sophie Leigh Balmer, 18, from Walton, Liverpool, died at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Sunday after becoming unwell.

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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 man arrested over 'ecstasy' death in Liverpool

Police investigating the death of a teenager who died after apparently taking ecstasy have arrested a second man.

Sophie Leigh Balmer, 18, from Walton, Liverpool, died at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Sunday after becoming unwell.

Merseyside Police have arrested a second man on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug. The 19-year-old, from the Litherland area of Merseyside, was held this morning.

An 18-year-old man, also from Litherland, was arrested last night and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

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Man arrested after teenager's drug death in Liverpool

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a teenager died when she apparently took an ecstasy-type drug.

Merseyside Police have confirmed that the girl who died is Sophie Leigh Balmer, 18, from Walton, Liverpool.

An 18-year-old man from the Litherland area of Merseyside was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

He has been taken to a police station on Merseyside where he will be questioned, police said.

'Rock Star' Ecstasy tablet warning after death

Police have issued warnings regarding green "Rock Star" pills, which are emblazoned with a star motif after the death of a teenager in Liverpool.

A drug dubbed "Rock Star" sparked a series of police warnings in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in March after seven people were hospitalised and one died after allegedly taking the tablets which were being sold as Ecstasy.

The Scottish pills were described as yellow or red and were also said to have carried a star logo.

Officers from Strathclyde Police said at the time that while the exact contents were unknown, they could contain a cocktail of different substances.

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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.

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