17-year-old Oldham girl dies after suspected drug overdose at Leeds Festival

A 17-year-old girl from Oldham has died from a suspected drug overdose at Leeds Festival

A 17-year-old boy from Oldham has been arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs.

West Yorkshire Police were called to Bramham Park, the site of the festival, at 3:40am on Saturday [24 August] morning. Upon arrival they found that the girl had sadly died.

Leeds Festival’s Police Commander, Superintendent Matt Davison said, “Our thoughts are with the family of the girl who has died. We have family liaison officers in place supporting them and they have asked that their privacy is respected at this extremely difficult time.

“While the exact cause of her death is yet to be established, the information we have indicates that she has taken a combination of drugs. This is a tragic incident and I hope serves as a timely reminder to others of the risk of taking illegal substances, particularly when mixing different types of drugs and drinking alcohol.

“If anyone has any concerns for either themselves or others at the festival, I would urge them to contact staff on-site or seek urgent medical assistance.”

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