News: ‘She was my best friend’ Mum’s tribute after daughter dies ‘from MDMA’

News: ‘She was my best friend’ Mum’s tribute after daughter dies ‘from MDMA’

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“I’m absolutely heartbroken to have lost my beautiful girl”

Those are the words from a distraught mother who is paying tribute to her teenage daughter after her death.

Leah Heyes, 15, is believed to have died after taking MDMA.

She collapsed in a car park and two people have been arrrested since her death.

Her mother Kerry Roberts released an emotional statement after death, calling the girl her ‘best friend’.

She said: “She was a thoughtful, beautiful girl, who was much-loved. She was fun, bubbly, and had a great sense of humour.

“I’m absolutely heartbroken to have lost my beautiful girl. No words can describe how much she will be missed and the enormous gap she has left in our lives.

“She will be truly missed more than words can say. I love you always.”

Leah died at James Cook University Hospital after she was found collapsed in Applegarth car park at 9.30pm on Saturday in Northallerton, reports Teeside live.

Officers said they believed she had taken the drug MDMA – also known as ecstasy or a “bomb” – before she collapsed.

Officers investigating her death thanked people for coming forward with information, but say there still others they would like to talk to.

They’ve also appealed for any mobile phone footage taken on the night.

North Yorkshire Police arrested a 17-year-old boy and a man, 18, on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs, and both have been released under investigation.

Detective Inspector Eamonn Clarke, who is leading the investigation, said: “This footage will be extremely helpful to our investigation and we are appealing to anyone who has footage on their phone, has been shown footage or knows of anyone who has such footage, to come forward.

“A young girl with her whole life ahead of her and everything to look forward to has died. A family has been devastated and a community left in shock. It is vital that people come forward and help us find the answers for Leah’s family and friends.”

There were around 20 people in the area of the Applegarth on Saturday night, say police. Officers have not ruled out making more arrests.

DI Clarke added: “Taking drugs appears to have become ‘the norm’ and more socially acceptable, but the fact is, it can have utterly tragic consequnces and it needs to stop.

“This devastating case must be the catalyst for people in the community to stand up and help us put a stop put a stop to drug dealing.”

If you can help the investigation, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Northallerton CID, or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 12190085105.



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