Teen dies of suspected drugs overdose

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Halle O’Brien. Pic © June Russell Facebook

Police have launched a warning and an appeal for witnesses after the death of a Liverpool teenager following a suspected drugs overdose.

The 19-year-old woman, who has not been named by officials but has been identified by locals as Halle O’Brien, died in hospital on Sunday.

She is thought to have suffered a cardiac arrest while attending the Hangar 34 club on Greenland Street in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle on Saturday night after Merseyside Police believe she ingested MDMA powder.

In a series of emotional posts on Facebook, the girl’s grandmother, June Russell, confirmed the news as she said: “Please pray for my beautiful granddaughter Halle O’Brien. My heart is broken.”

Mrs Russell, who revealed that she had received a warm tribute note from her just last week, wrote: “I can’t believe three days after you sent this message that it would be the last. Thank you Halle – it means so much that you knew how much I loved you.”

One of Halle’s friends, Jillie Burdett, wrote: “I never thought I’d have to say goodbye to you this early on in life. I’m still in so much shock and I can’t believe I’ll never see your face again. You were the first person I’d run to whenever I needed help and you always had such a good answer for me.”

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Vaughan said: “We are urging anyone who took any substances at this location, or anyone who suspects someone they know has done, to attend at their nearest hospital for assessment.

“Likewise, if you are still in possession of any of the described drugs from last night, please do not take them under any circumstances but let us know and we will recover them for further enquiries to be made.

“We also want to hear from anyone who was offered any substances at this location, witnessed the young woman falling ill, were offered or bought the drugs described elsewhere. We have launched a full investigation to establish what these drugs were and who supplied them and will act on all information to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

“You may be worried about being in trouble for taking illegal drugs, however our immediate priority is to ensure that nobody else is affected. Ensure that family and friends are safe and well and report any concerns to medical services immediately.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting reference number 19100027001, or speak to @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555111.

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