Five young people have been arrested after Serena Harding, of Warrington, Cheshire, collapsed and died of a heart attack close to a children’s farm late on Sunday night.
A couple out walking at Reddish Vale Country Park near Stockport, found the teenager gasping for breath under a Victorian viaduct just before 11pm and dialled 999.
Paramedics were forced to call on the fire brigade to cut open the park gates as to get an ambulance to the teenager who later died in hospital.
Last night Serena, a former pupil of Culcheth High School near Warrington, was described as a teenager with “everything to look forward to”.
She is said to have been invited to a party at the park, 20 miles from her home, by a group of older students to celebrate their A-level results. She had completed her GCSEs last year.
Last night police issued a warning to young people attending exam celebrations as detectives questioned four men aged 20, 19, 19 and 18 as well as a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of drug offences.
It is understood that they were with Serena at the time and police suspect they had been taking drugs themselves.
Police are awaiting the result of tests but it is feared that Serena could have died after taking as little as a single tablet of ecstasy.
Chief Inspector Mark Hussey from Greater Manchester Police said last night: "The full circumstances of the teenager's death have not yet been established, however, we believe she may have taken a controlled substance.”
He went on: “It's a very tragic incident for the family and this girl was at a time in her life where she had everything to look forward to.
"We want to get the message across that while it's normal for young people to want to enjoy themselves, indulging in drugs and drinking excess of alcohol is dangerous.
"It's natural for kids to want to go out during the warmer summer evenings and in the end-of-exam periods and it's not very often that things like this actually happen. There are various strategies in place in the community to engage young people."
Last night her parents declined to comment.
The Telegraph 22nd Aug 2011
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