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Police Arrest 16-year-old Over Liverpool Girl's Suspected Drug Death

By Hey :-), Jun 5, 2012 | | |
  1. Hey :-)

    Drug poisoning suspected in death of 15-year-old Rose Farley after she fell ill at a birthday party

    Reports claimed Rose Farley's drink may have been spiked with ecstasy.

    Police investigating the suspected drug death of a 15-year-old girl in Liverpool have made an arrest.

    Rose Farley fell ill at a birthday party on Friday evening and was taken to Alder Hey children's hospital where she died just after 5am on Saturday.

    A 16-year-old boy from Liverpool has been arrested by Merseyside police on suspicion of supplying drugs.

    Farley, from the West Derby area of the city, came home from the party after becoming ill. She was then taken to hospital.

    Her death comes amid reports that her drinks may have been spiked at the party. The incident occurred days after Merseyside officers warned youngsters of a new ecstasy-type drug circulating in the area, known as pink ecstasy, Dr Death, or Pink McDonald's.

    A spokeswoman for the force said Farley's death was still being treated as "unexplained". Although a postmortem examination had been carried out, the cause of her death has been withheld pending toxicology results.

    A statement from Merseyside police said: "A 16-year-old man from the L5 area has … been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled substances as part of the ongoing investigation. He is currently in police custody and being questioned by officers."

    DS Tim Keelan of Merseyside police said: "At this stage it is too early to draw conclusions about the cause of death and it is unhelpful to speculate.

    "The implication that this may be drug related is just one of the lines of inquiry that our comprehensive investigation is looking at. That said, I would like to take this opportunity to warn people about the dangers of taking illegal substances.

    "The effects of drugs are not always immediately apparent or can be delayed. This can sometimes result in people taking more in order to speed up the effects. This can have devastating results, one of which can be death."

    The police warning about the new drug was issued following the sudden deaths of two men in 24 hours in Cambridgeshire earlier this week. Another man died in similar circumstances in Bournemouth, Dorset, on 21 May.

    Emergency workers were called to Miss Farley's home in the West Derby area of the city during the early hours of Saturday morning.

    More than 4,500 Facebook users have viewed a tribute page set up in her memory.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on 0151 777 4065 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

    Press Association
    guardian.co.uk, Sunday 3 June 2012 14.28 BST

    Photograph: Paul Faith/PA


  1. Ubercheese
    I read in the Times(don't have link sorry) that it was a new 'strain' of ecstacy. did they breed two types of ecstasy together to create a new one? the reporting of drugs in this country, along with anything to do with science, is fucking abysmal.
  2. godztear
    Ecstasy has long time been coordinated with pressed tablets, I believe that is why the article gives individual names of tablets, and not their chemical content.

    Ecstasy tablets could contain anything under the sun that can be binded and pressed. No longer are the days of Ecstasy = MDMA. A new "strain" of ecstasy, IMO, means an unknown/new chemical substance then what has been seen in previously confiscated ecstasy tablets.

    I wonder how her drink could have been spiked with an ecstasy pill without knowledge, from my experience they take a while to dissolve and taste very bitter. I guess that is every parents best wish, that their child was drugged and did not make the choice to do the drug themselves.
  3. nitehowler
    This is a terrible story poor girl .

    This is what happens when governments impose stupid laws on substances that should be
    legally available.

    Making MDMA (wich is a relatively safe substance) illegal has bought along a lot of dangerous
    substitutes .

    Its ashame the youth of today are the most affected by these stupid government inactions.
  4. catseye
    Fears over ‘Dr Death’ drug found on Bournemouth victim Scott Gowing-Wilks

    THREE more deaths are being linked to the same ‘Dr Death’ pills found at a Bournemouth flat where a man died.

    The town’s drugs scene has long believed to have had links to Liverpool, where 15-year-old Rose Farley died just days after Merseyside Police warned about the pink tablets with a letter M on them.

    And the drugs are also feared to have been involved in the deaths of two men who died within 24 hours of each other in Cambridgeshire last week.

    Drugs agencies sent out a warning about the pink pills straight after they were found at the flat at the Lansdowne where Scott Gowing-Wilks died on Monday, May 21.

    Toxicology test results on his body are not yet known and no cause of death has been determined since his inquest was opened and adjourned.

    Tests on the drugs found at the flat on Holdenhurst Road when he died on Monday, May 21, confirmed they contained the controlled Class A substance paramethoxyamphetamine, or PMA.

    Merseyside police sent out a warning and said the pills were known as Dr Death, adding there were fears that the term pink ecstasy also being used for them was making them more dangerous. Merseyside Police’s assistant chief constable Andy Cooke said in the warning, before Rose Farley died on Saturday, that the tablets were very similar in size and shape to an ecstasy pill but were in fact a different drug.

    He said: “We are concerned that people may take them in higher quantities than they would an ordinary ecstasy tablet when they don’t get the same high and this could lead to a potentially fatal overdose.”

    It has been reported that friends feared the 15-year-old may have had her drink spiked with a drug and a 16-year-old was arrested.

    The two men who died in Cambridgeshire were both aged in their 20s. One died on Thursday afternoon and the other man died in the early hours of Friday with police linking those deaths to drugs.

    Beth Davies, from the EDP drugs and alcohol advisory service for Dorset, said it is difficult to keep track of new drugs on the market and warned of the dangers of youngsters choosing drugs as a cheaper alternative to drinking.

    She said: “If they can’t afford to buy drinks all night and can buy a pill they may have a combination of the two. That makes it much more serious.”

    Following the death of Scott Gowing-Wilks five men were arrested on suspicion of the illegal supply of drugs and were later released on police bail.

    Bournemouth Echo
    09 June 2012
    Aaron Hendy
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