Two teens have been jailed for a combined total of nearly 3 years for supplying drugs which killed 15 year old girl

Leah Heyes with her mum Kerry Credit: Family photo

Two teenagers have been sentenced to a combined total of nearly three years for supplying MDMA.

Mitchell Southern from Thirsk was jailed for 12 months and Connor Kirkwood from Dishforth was jailed for 21 months.

Connor Kirkwood, 18, from Dishforth, and Mitchell Southern, 19, from Thirsk, both pleaded guilty to supplying MDMA, also known as ecstasy, which killed 15-year-old Leah Heyes. Kirkwood also pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine.

Connor Kirkwood and Mitchell Southern Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Leah Heyes died in hospital after collapsing in Applegarth Car Park in Northallerton on 11 May 2019.

The judge paid tribute to the family of Leah Heyes and warned about the tragic consequences of taking drugs.

Leah as a toddler Credit: Family photo

An inquest into her death heard she had taken a double dose of MDMA, the chemical name for ecstasy and had arranged to buy the drugs several days earlier via text message.

Leah Heyes Credit: Family photo, North Yorkshire Police

The inquest held at County Hall in North Yorkshire heard that the teenager suffered a 'rapid cardiac arrest' soon after ingesting the MDMA, and was unresponsive on arrival at James Cook University Hospital.

Kerry Roberts, Leah's mum, says she did manage to speak her daughter, who she describes as her best friend, on the night she collapsed.

I was given a phone call by her friend. We just thought she was drunk and had got too drunk. I thought I was going to be taking her home and telling her off. As soon as we got to the car park I said to my partner something is not right. She knew I was there, she said mum.

Kerry Roberts, Leah's mother

Leah’s mum Kerry Roberts is now working with the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan to raise awareness of the drug.

Following Leah’s death, the Conservative North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan held a drugs summit in the county and said she was told the drug is being sold for as little as £2.50 on the streets of North Yorkshire.

Our reporter Katie Cole spoke to Leah's mum, Kerry Roberts, about her fight to raise awareness of the dangers of MDMA: