Leeds Festival: Girl, 17, dies in suspected drug overdose as boy, 17, arrested

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A 17-year-old girl has died at Leeds Festival in a suspected drug overdose.

West Yorkshire Police were called to the Bramham Park site following a report that the girl, who is from the Oldham area, had died shortly after 3.40am this morning.

A 17-year-old boy who is also from the Oldham area has been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs.

He is currently in custody.

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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